Thomas More’s Contribution to the English Language

by David Carter

Saint Thomas More (1478–1535), lord chancellor, humanist, and martyr was a prolific author and great scholar in his time. More is the 96th most frequently quoted source in the Oxford English Dictionary, with a total of 3328 quotations (about 0.1% of all OED quotations). There are 410 words which are first found in STM’s writings. Whether he brought these words into the English language requires further investigation; however, one thing is clear: More’s contribution to English was significant.