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Re: Flapdragons
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1565  Wednesday, 26 June 2002

[1]     From:   Don Bloom <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Jun 2002 14:44:31 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1558 Re: Flapdragons

[2]     From:   Nancy Charlton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Jun 2002 14:48:51 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1558 Re: Flapdragons


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From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Jun 2002 14:44:31 -0500
Subject: 13.1558 Re: Flapdragons
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1558 Re: Flapdragons

My thanks to Richard Sherrington for his explanation of snap (and
presumably flap-) dragons, a subject I've wondered about for some years.
There's nothing like solid information, is there?

Don

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From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Jun 2002 14:48:51 -0700
Subject: 13.1558 Re: Flapdragons
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1558 Re: Flapdragons

Jacob Goldberg asks:

          honorificabilitudinitatibus

     Is there such a word?  Was there ever such a word?  What is its
     meaning?
     If it has no meaning, can one be deduced from the syllables?

Sure. To both counts. Right out of the alms-house.

Here's how I parse it:

honorific-      honorable sort of thing
abilitudinitat- "[h]abilitude" either custom or
                potential "tude" i.e. qualitative state
ibus            ablative or dative plural

Since Costard is using the entire word out of any cognitive meaning, as
an example of being "long in the head," who cares about the grammar?
Rhetoric is all-important, and the logic of the speech is plain to be
seen. Just turn on your antic disposition.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

I've not conducted any experiments with flap-dragons or floating
raisins, except that I know that dry raisins, 12 per gallon, put into
fresh-pressed apple juice and left for 3 or 4 days, will swell up as the
natural yeasts on them make the juice start to fizz and ferment in the
most glorious way.  The brandy flaming things works well on Christmas
puddings. But let's not rush the season. A week from now and 25 years
ago my kids learned how to stand near the waterline at the beach at low
tide, light a small to medium firecracker and toss it at the water as
you would a skipping stone, timing it  so that it explodes just as it
hits and sends up a great splash.

Past the years of inveighing against doing unsafe things unsafely,
Nancy Charlton

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