Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. This week I will present FOUR.
Introducing the amazing Jonathan Swift at the ripe old age of 347.
Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels is one of the better known works of the 18th Century and one of the earliest examples of science fiction.
In particular, the floating island of Laputa, which is dripping in symbolism depicting the English rule over the Irish at the time—Jonathan Swift was a High Church Anglican and Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Laputa, which is Spanish for the whore, represented England.
Gulliver’s Travels is an amazing book for a number of reasons, but I will focus here on a couple of the amazing words Swift made up in his book that are now used in the English language. Then I will introduce a couple of very "modern" words first coined by Mr. Swift.