Inkhorn Controversy. Inkhorn Controversy. An inkhorn term is a term borrowed from a foreign source into English that is considered pretentious or unnecessary; they may also be created from existing word roots Named for the ink wells used by writers that were made of horns
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“To the armypotentPrynce and valyentlorde Thomas Duke of Northfolke. AndreweBoorde of physycke doctor: dothe surrender humylecommendacyon with immortal thankes…The whiche did know, not only your complexcion and infyrmite, but also... the imbecyllyte and strength of your body, with other qualytesexpedyent & necessary to be knowen: but brefely to conclude, [for] your recuperating or recoueryng your health. . . . I was convocated to be in the presence of his majesty.”
A. Boorde’sDyetary (1542-7)
Sir John Cheke (1514-1557)