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ephemera

Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time; items of collectable memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
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19 words

... . Handwritten or printed papers which were not meant for posterity but which are now often valuable historical...

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
19 words

... Handwritten or printed papers which were not meant for posterity but which are now often valuable historical...

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Garner's Modern English Usage (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2022
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Language reference
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74 words

... (= a small cheap thing that is used in everyday life and has no lasting significance), a Latin/Greek loanword dating in English from the mid-1600s, is most often thought of as a plural (“small cheap things . . .”). Although some dictionaries list the variant plurals ⋆ ephemerae and ⋆ ephemeras (exceedingly rare), the plural sense of ephemera is far more usual. Current ratio in print ( these ephemera vs. ⋆ these ephemerae ): 27:1 ...

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, History
Length:
153 words

... Deriving from the Greek ephēmeros (‘subject to what the day may bring’ or ‘lasting only a day’), the generic term ‘ephemera’ denotes artefacts, especially printed or manuscript ones, that have only a brief or short-lived usefulness before they are discarded, as opposed to more ambitious literary or other productions that may be expected to have a long-lasting if not permanent interest. Ephemera include items such as notes, postcards, telegrams, trade cards, greetings cards, bills, receipts, tickets, theatre programmes, advertising posters, and a host...

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
122 words

...ephemera [LME] An ephemera or ephemeron was originally a fever lasting only one day, an insect with a very short lifespan, or a plant thought to last a day. Some ancient writers thought there were two plants of this name, one that sprang up and died in a day, the other that carried a poison causing death within a day. The word was then applied to a person or thing of short-lived interest. It appeared in its current plural sense in the 1930s, to describe items like tickets, posters, and greetings cards that were of no enduring value except to collectors....

14 Printed Ephemera

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Michael Harris

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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7,085 words
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Oxford University Press
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...Ephemera Michael Harris 1 Introduction 2 Some definitions 3 Collecting ephemera: ballads, chapbooks, almanacs, and newspapers 4 Other collections 5 Conclusion 1 Introduction The category of ephemera forms an elusive, sometimes contentious, element in the output of print. The aim of this essay is not to attempt to describe everything that can be identified as ephemera, but rather to trace the category’s porous boundaries and, in particular, to suggest how different forms have, over time, changed in their relationship to the book. Ephemera...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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Current Version:
2002
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57 words

... noun plural ephemeras , ephemera L17 Medieval Latin (from noun use of feminine of late Latin ephemerus from Greek ephēmeros lasting only one day). 1 Originally, a winged insect that lives only one day; an ephemeron . Now, a winged insect of the genus Ephemera , a mayfly. 2 M18 A person or thing of short-lived usefulness or...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time; items of collectable memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity. Recorded in English from the late 16th century as the plural of ephemeron , from Greek, neuter of ephēmeros ‘lasting only a day’. As a singular noun the word originally denoted a plant said by ancient writers to last only one day, or an insect with a short lifespan, and hence was applied (late 18th century) to a person or thing of short-lived...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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Language reference
Length:
333 words

... • Altamira , chimera, clearer, Elvira, era, hearer, Hera, hetaera, interferer, lempira, lira, lire, Madeira, Megaera, monstera, rangatira, rearer, scorzonera, sera, shearer, smearer, sneerer, steerer, Thera, Utsire, Vera • acquirer , admirer, enquirer, firer, hirer, inquirer, requirer, wirer • devourer , flowerer, scourer • Angostura , Bonaventura, bravura, Bujumbura, caesura, camera obscura, coloratura, curer, Dürer, durra, Estremadura, figura, fioritura, Führer, insurer, Jura, juror, Madura, nomenklatura, procurer, sura, surah, tamboura,...

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
4 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
5 words
ephemera

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
47 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
55 words
ephemera

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
55 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
96 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
150 words
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Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time; items of collectable memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness ...
Antiquarianism (Popular)

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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6,164 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...with the nation-state and its sanctioned cultural expression in Scripture, law, history, and a canon of published great works by known authors. The second exemplary figure, Francis Grose, ex-army captain, draughtsman, historian, lexicographer, satirist, jester, and collector of ephemera, had already begun his remarkable career as a commentator on culture before the appearance of Brand 's Popular Antiquities . Grose's most massive if not his most original achievement is the Antiquities of England and Wales , (6 vols, 1773–87 ), a county-by-county record of...

31 The History of the Book in Hungary

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Bridget Guzner

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
2,982 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...the growing number of printers forced prices and quality down. The development of *lithography resulted in the break-up of technical and commercial networks; typographical traditions and aesthetic considerations were disregarded. With the mass production on cheap paper of ephemera, daily *newspapers ( see 14 ), books, and journals, typographic standards sank to low levels. The 19 th -century Reform Movement sought to promote Hungary’s economic and cultural progress. To eradicate the country’s cultural backwardness, Count István Széchenyi ( 1791–1860 )...

Publishing

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
6,242 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...The concerns of the circulating library complemented those of two other institutions, the subscription library and the book club. The former focused on serious non-fiction and stocked relatively few novels, while the latter usually specialized in small pamphlets and printed ephemera in which current political and religious controversies were vehemently rehearsed. The holdings of these libraries mirrored the civic preoccupations and commercial interests of their members. Liverpool held an outstanding collection of works on the pros and cons of the slave...

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