Rude, uncouth, unknown; as a Caliban style, a Caliban language. The allusion is to Shakespeare's Caliban (The Tempestnew creation, but also a new language.
“Satan had not the privilege, as Caliban, to use new phrases, and diction unknown.” —Dr. Bentley.
Coleridge says, “In him [Caliban], as in some brute animals, this advance to the intellectual faculties, without the moral sense, is marked by the appearance of vice.”
(Caliban is the “missing link” between brute animals and man.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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