Thursday, 9 February 2012
Posted by M.H. Forsyth
The word inquilinate is defined in the dear old OED as:
To dwell in a strange place.
I'm not sure if Clerkenwell counts. As the poet John Oldham wrote in 1680:
‘Tis a long way to where I dwell,
At farther end of Clerkenwell:
There in a garret near the sky,
Above five pairs of stairs I lie.
Which, other than the precise number of stairs, describes me perfectly.
That the OED is not able to quote a single usage of inquilinate proves that every man's home is ordinary to him.