Related to Boyism: boyishness, boyishly, boychick


2.The nature of a boy; childishness.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Vincent Dearing glosses this statement as proverbial, noting that the "formula closest to Dryden's" in Tilley's Dictionary of the Proverbs is "a man must creep before he can go." (56) No doubt Dryden's sense is proverbial, but his language is far different from this particular saying, and the gloss fails to strike at the heart of what such a proverb might have meant for Dryden, who had just coined the term "boyism" two paragraphs before in reference to Ovid's inappropriate witticisms.
Dryden's concern with the puerile led Paul Fry to the conclusion, "As a creature of his age he of course takes a condescending view of everything childish." (58) The real source of Dryden's interest was, in the end, spiritual as well as discriminative, and his later concern with "boyisms," while in tune with his early literary cares, strikes a religious chord in its correspondence with the biblical verse that proceeds this essay: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (1 Cor.
For the patient, there are some small pleasures (the feather-light ballad Good Times and the faux Beach Boyisms of Therefore I Am) but little else.