Quirky Shakespearean Words
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2053 Monday, 22 November 1999.
From: Martin Mueller <
Date: Saturday, 20 Nov 1999 16:55:52 -0600
Subject: Quirky Shakespearean Words
I would like to invite members of The Shakespeare Electronic Conference
to visit and also contribute to a web site I have begun to keep. It is
called Quirky Shakespearean Words and may be found at
The web site consists of little essays on words that occur rarely and
whose occurrences in one location appear to contain memory traces of
their other occurrences.
A good example of the method is the word 'crowner', which occurs in
Twelfth Night and Hamlet, in the context of drowning and madness and
raises interesting questions about whether Shakespeare recalled the
inquest into the death of Katherine Hamlet, who drowned in Stratford
when he was sixteen.