|Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:36 pm
Post subject: Re: Concentives
|Troy Steadman wrote:
|When I read Tobias Smollett's "The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle"
many, many years ago I made a note about "concurring concentives" which
wasn't in my dictionary (the COD) at that time.
It seems to be even more not in my dictionary nowadays! The only
reference I can find on-line to this passage (Peregrine trying to
seduce then trying to rape Emilia) it seems to have failed somebody's
spell check and become "incentives".
"Concentives" seems to exist in neoteric business-speak, meaning
corporate as opposed to personal incentives, but did it ever exist in
proper English? If so what did it mean?
The phrase is in para 3 chapter 76.
"Emilia, warmed by so many concurring [in]centives, in favour of the
man she loved, abated considerably of her wonted reserve..."