ShakeDic: wassail

September 30th, 2017 → 5:41 am

“Leave thy lascivious wassails.” – Antony and Cleopatra

wassail – to drink copious amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way; to carouse (n. a carousal)

Personally, I could go for a lascivious wassail right about now.

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art

Congressional Republicans

September 26th, 2017 → 5:26 am

    “This common body,
    Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream,
    Goes to and back, lackeying the varying tide
    To rot itself with motion.” – Antony and Cleopatra

Some vocab translation:  “vagabond flag” means a drifting iris,  and “lackeying” means to follow in a servile fashion, like a lackey.

My only disagreement with this quote as applied to current Congressional Republicans, is that they aren’t rotting themselves with this back and forth on health care, they were already rotten to begin with.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People

Slime in Shakespeare’s Time

September 23rd, 2017 → 5:20 am

“By the fire that quickens Nilus’ slime.” – Antony & Cleopatra

I have a recurring theme in some of these posts – ShakeDic – where I discuss novel words from Shakespeare’s texts.  This is the opposite.  Sometimes I’m amazed when reading Shakespeare to come across a word I would have thought was contemporary and not at all around in Shakespeare’s time.  For example:  slime.  Doesn’t slime sound like something out of Ghostbusters?  Or at the very least, the 20th century?  Apparently not, as it is used in Antony and Cleopatra to describe the mud of the Nile.  A quick look up of it in the dictionary claims it to be of “old English” and that it has been in consistent, frequent use since well before the 1800s.  Huh.

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