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Desdemona's Name
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2410  Monday, 22 October 2001

From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Oct 2001 18:02:04 -0500
Subject:        Desdemona's Name

Ed Kranz at 2371 wonders about Desemona's name.  That demon Cavell
mentioned is not a Christian demon; as some etymologists point out, her
name is probably from Greek dysdaimon, "ill-starred" as we would say in
modern English.

Cheers for etymons,
John

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