Word Origin & History
1808, in ref. to Oisin, name of a legendary Gaelic bard, lit. "little fawn;" James Macpherson claimed to have collected and translated his works (1760-63) under the name Ossian, and the poetic prose sparked a Celtic revival and fascination with the glamour of the lost world of the bards. But the work
turned out to be Macpherson's forgery, and the style later was regarded as bombastic.