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Chris -- 2011-03-08
In the protocol governing royalty, a companion to a reigning king or queen receives the title of consort, whether Prince, King, Queen or Princess, with all the byzantine rules of order and privilege attendant upon them. Verbed, the word takes on much darker shadings. You consort with thieves and with prostitutes, you devil, you. Either way, I think it’s often uninentionally funny to be talking consorts in the eggcornish formulation, act in consort with in place of the alternative, in concert with. As in the following example seen in the “A Word A Day” comments of the week:
Hold the presses: I see that this one has been . According to that post, consort may have been the pre-17th century acorn. I had looked for in consort with post 1800, where it is vanishingly rare though ; the pre-1800 n-gram sheds no light on , once again, they seem to have been born roughly together.