September 23rd, 2017 → 5:20 am @ // No Comments

“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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