Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I’m trying to track down the first printed use of the word technique in English. Can anyone tell me the name, author, and date of the publication in question? It would be especially valuable, on top of that, to have an excerpted passage containing the word, in order to infer its intended meaning from its context.

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers

A moche profitable treatise against the pestilence translated into Eglyshe by Thomas Paynel Chanon of Martin Abbey. [Londini : In aedibus Thomae Bertheleti regii impressoris], 1534.

I'm not sure if this is correct, as I currently can't access the full text of this publication, link to Early English Books Online search result see below:

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo?type=simple&rgn=full+text&q1=technique&cite1=&cite1restrict=author&cite2=&cite2restrict=author&firstpubl1=1470&firstpubl2=1700&Submit=Search

share|improve this answer
add comment

Etymology Online suggests 1817, and it is not difficult to find Samuel Taylor Coleridge using it in his Biographia Literaria

The occasional obscurities, which had risen from an imperfect control over the resources of his native language, had almost wholly disappeared, together with that worse defect of arbitrary and illogical phrases, at once hackneyed, and fantastic, which hold so distinguished a place in the technique of ordinary poetry, and will, more or less, alloy the earlier poems of the truest genius, unless the attention has been specifically directed to their worthlessness and incongruity.

The OED may have something earlier.

share|improve this answer
3  
That in fact is OED 1's earliest citation; the current online (by subscription) edition may have something earlier. However, the word techic (or technick) is cited in 1600; as this suggests, it may be relevant to OP's purpose. –  StoneyB Oct 8 '12 at 23:47
    
Same in the OED Third Edition, updated September 2009. –  Hugo Oct 9 '12 at 4:59
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.