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  • proper n. The four poets Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender, W H Auden, and Cecil Day-Lewis, who shared certain left-wing views and produced important works in the 1930s.

Etymologies

A blend of the four poets' names; coined by Roy Campbell in Talking Bronco (1946). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This cabal provoked Roy Campbell's joke about the "MacSpaunday" school: a joke that was a source of embarrassment (and rage, given Campbell's open sympathy for fascism) while simultaneously furnishing a near guarantee of immortality.

    A Nice Bloody Fool

  • MacSpaunday to comprehend the names of Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender, W. H. Auden, and Cecil Day-Lewis, Upward was omitted altogether (as was his friend and closest collaborator, Christopher Isherwood).

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  • In a once-famous attempt to get the whole set into one portmanteau term, which was Roy Campbellā€™s coinage of MacSpaunday to comprehend the names of Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender, W.H. Auden, and Cecil Day-Lewis, Upward was omitted altogether (as was his friend and closest collaborator, Christopher Isherwood).

    The Captive Mind

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