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Re: Much Ado about Coin of the Realm
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0073  Tuesday, 15 January 2002

From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Monday, 14 Jan 2002 15:17:03 -0000
Subject: Re: Much Ado about Coin of the Realm
Comment:        SHK 13.0032 Re: Much Ado about Coin of the Realm

a groat, one eight the weight of a ounce of silver throughout Europe (ah
ha!  euro-money from the Middle Ages)... and later 4d in England, as
David Lindley points out in his posting on the subject of coins... oh
yes, "anorak".. is it not splendid that an Inuit word from Greenland
should have achieved such wide and unexpected "currency" in British
slang... I enjoyed Stephen Dobbin's post on subttitle howlers immensely.
There was a "Two Ronnies" sketch which speaks to both the strands in
this posting - money and subtitles - how would a subtitle-writer have
renedered this:

Shopkeeper (Ronnie Barker): A customer asked me how much cat food was
this week, so I told her to pee off.

(If you get it, then I guess that is how it would be done...)

This is fun, isn't it? but isn't it vulgar to talk about money in polite
company?

M

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