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Re: "presently"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1366  Friday, 7 July 2000.

From:           Pat Dolan <
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Date:           Thursday, 06 Jul 2000 09:41:16 -0500
Subject: 11.1361 Re: Pedagogy: Course Structure
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1361 Re: Pedagogy: Course Structure

For the difference between sixteenth/seventeenth century usage of
"presently", look at the OED citations 3 & 4 under "presently." It's too
long to quote in a post, but the sense is that in Shakespeare's day it
had the force, "right now," and that force has since "blunted" to the
point where "without any delay" is called obsolete or archaic.

Having fun with the OED,

Patrick
 

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