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Re: Essential Macbeth and Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2523  Thursday, 1 November 2001

From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Oct 2001 13:17:11 -0500
Subject: 12.2511 Re: Essential Macbeth and Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2511 Re: Essential Macbeth and Hamlet

>  I recall reading an
> article quite a few years ago explaining that the honorific Coriolanus,
> earned because of the victory at Corioli, was constructed according to
> grammatical rules different from those which might relate Polonius with
> Polonia, which (as it was argued), was the Latin form of the name for
> Poland.  Therefore, the name Polonius appeared not to be constructed
> according to the Latin rules for such geographically-based honorifics,

Perhaps not; but would the audience notice the grammatical imprecision,
and wouldn't they have understood the name as an honorific even if they
did?

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