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Re: Village People
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0274  Wednesday, 30 January 2002

[1]     From:   Markus Marti <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 09:33:23 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0244 Village People

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 09:49:23 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0244 Village People

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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 10:08:10 -0800
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From:           Markus Marti <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 09:33:23 +0100
Subject: 13.0244 Village People
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0244 Village People

Brewer's #Dict. of Phrase and Fable:

"Said by Thomas Hearne (1678-1735) - with no evidence - to derive from
Andrew Boorde (c.1490-1649), physician to Henry VIII, who to his vast
learning added great eccentricity. Prior has a poem on 'Merry Andrew'. "
So Boorde was no relation to Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and he was far from
being a fool:
see: http://www.bartleby.com/213/0517.html

and: http://www.saradouglass.com/primdocs/boorde.html (excerpts from his

Hitchhiker's Guide through Europe, "An Introduction to Knowledge") and
also: http://www.yeoldesussexpages.co.uk/stories/people/andrew.htm

Markus Marti
http://www.unibas.ch/shine/index.html

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 09:49:23 -0000
Subject: 13.0244 Village People
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0244 Village People

The OED entry has some information about "Merry-Andrew", but it is all
inconclusive. Their first citation is from Dryden's "Epilogue to the
University of Oxford". Pepys apparently wrote about a fairground
entertainment called "Merry Andrey".

m [erry andrex]

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From:           Todd Pettigrew <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 10:08:10 -0800
Subject: 13.0244 Village People
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0244 Village People

I've read that the term "Merry Andrew" comes from the English minister
and physician Andrew Boorde (1490-1549). Boorde, they say, was so
nick-named for his well-known high spirits. I've checked two recent
reliable histories of medicine, both of which mention Boorde, but
neither of them mentions the nick-name.  OED notes that this derivation
is often suggested, but doubts it is true.

t.

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