Eye - 24 April 2020

Pure, pie and plastic

Fainwell and Pure

A Quaker character from an eighteenth-century play put in an appearance in the Oxford English Dictionary’s (OED’s) ‘Word of the Day’ newsletter on 8 April.

The now-rare term ‘Simon Pure’ was in the spotlight, and described as: ‘A person resembling or reminiscent of the fictional character Simon Pure… (a) a person of irreproachable virtue or integrity; (b) a person of uncompromising [political] principles, a zealot, a diehard.’

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