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 Caxton referred to some ‘gentlemen’ who had
complained that his translations contained words which
‘coude not be vnderstande of comyn peple, and desired
me to vse olde and homely termes in my translacyons’
[could not be understood by the common people, and
they wished me to use old and homely terms in my
 But this could go too far; the English language changed
and the old and homely terms of past times were now