Thursday 22 April 1999
From the Latin for original or early, it was also spelt pristinate or pristinary, first used by Sir Thomas Elyot in that elegant manual The Boke Named The Governour (1531): "the pristinate authoritie and majestie of a kyng". Anne Boleyn used it three years later, and was soon a victim of such authoritie.
By extension, this was - in America this century - made to refer to objects as well as conditions and, by the Fifties, it had corrupted into the sense of factory-fresh.
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