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Re: Questions on R&J
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1302  Wednesday, 16 December 1998.

[1]     From:   Carol Barton <
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        Date:   Monday, 14 Dec 1998 09:47:46 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1296  Re: Questions on R&J

[2]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Monday, 14 Dec 1998 10:25:10 -0500
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From:           Carol Barton <
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Date:           Monday, 14 Dec 1998 09:47:46 EST
Subject: 9.1296  Re: Questions on R&J
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1296  Re: Questions on R&J

Mercutio calls Tybalt (or is it the other way 'round?) King of Cats, the
latter word of which is a corruption of the Italian slang for penis.
Not surprisingly, my Italian dictionary doesn't give me the correct
spelling of the word "cazzo" (which, pronounced, sounds enough like
"gatto" to allow the sly "corruption").

Carol Barton

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Monday, 14 Dec 1998 10:25:10 -0500
Subject: 9.1296  Re: Questions on R&J
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1296  Re: Questions on R&J

Gordon Williams, A Glossary of Shakespeare's Sexual Language, gives
several references for "cock" and speculates on the origin of the
identification of the penis with a cock.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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