Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 10:09:28 -0500
From: mmcdaniel mmcdaniel_at_interval-miami[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]INTERVAL-INTL.COM
Subject: Re: ADS-L Digest - 23 Oct 1997 to 24 Oct 1997
Can someone enlighten me about when the expression "sea change" came into
our language? It's a common buzzword in corporate writing...a sea change in
It's an allusion to Shakespeare's Tempest: "Full fathom five thy
father lies;/Of his bones are coral made:/Those are pearls that
were his eyes:/Nothing of him that doth fade,/But doth suffer a
sea-change/Into something rich and strange." (I.ii)
Here it means 'a change brought about by the sea', but it's
now used to mean 'any major transformation'.
OK, somebody enlighten me: How does corporate America pickup (and
latch onto) Shakespearean terms?