If booklets are little books, what are pamphlets?

Little "pamphs"?

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Sadly, the term doesn't appear to be a diminutive of anything. According to this reference here...

The adverb pamphlet for a small work (opuscule) issued by itself without covers came into Middle English ca 1387 as pamphilet or panflet, generalized from a twelfth-century amatory comic poem with a old flavor, Pamphilus, seu de Amore ("Pamphilus: or, Concerning Love"), written in Latin. Pamphilus's name was derived from Greek, meaning "friend of everyone". The poem was popular and widely copied and circulated on its own, forming a slim codex.

Its modern connotations of a tract concerning a contemporary issue was a product of the heated arguments leading to the English Civil War; this sense appeared in 1642.




  • @Bogdan: "If booklets are little books, what are pamphlets?" the answer(here) is pamphlets are Fyler.
    – Gigili
    May 8, 2011 at 18:13
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    in that case "flylets"?
    – jimjim
    May 8, 2011 at 21:29

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