Can anywordnik tell me what this is? It's in the script of 'The Importance Of Being Earnest'. It's what the Rev Chasuble does before responding to Miss Prism saying ' . . A misanthrope I can understand - a womanthrope, never!'
I've found in a critique of the play that the "scholar's shudder" is in reaction to "so ill-mixed a conjunction of Old English and Ancient Greek" by Miss Prism--so one can assume that it has to do with her misuse of language.