The excuse for the nutty rebuilding that follows storms is always increased safety, but greed and newfangleness
taint our efforts at reconstruction.
And I have leave to go of her goodness And she also to use newfangleness
. But since that I so kindly am served I would fain know what she hath deserved.
It stems from the Old English word fangen, the past participle of fon 'to take or seize.' Thomas Wyatt's early sixteenth-century poem "They Flee From Me" describes his former lover leaving him to "use newfangleness