Alexander Pope is fearful of Snakes

Alexander Pope is fearful of Snakes

Not having the word picnic to describe his experience, Alexander Pope’s alfresco luncheon at Netley Abbey was a happy event. (It was not until 1806 that the English began to associate an alfresco meals with our familiar word picnic but what Pope describes is what we...
Lord Chesterfield’s “pic-nic” in Leipzig, 1748

Lord Chesterfield’s “pic-nic” in Leipzig, 1748

Unknown in English until 1748, the word picnic appears in a private letter written by Lord Chesterfield to his son Philip who was living in Leipzig. They communicated regularly by letter but only Chesterfield’s were published in 1774–and no one noticed....