June 21, 2006

Landscaped

"We [were] overlooking perhaps the most grand and affecting natural landscape in the world" — Constable describing a visit to the South Downs, quoted in a recent Grauniad.

It's hard to imagine a world so claustrophobic that England's South Downs can be the "most grand and affecting" landscape, but there you are. Did "landscape" mean something more like "landscaped" in those days?

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