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Re: Flapdragons
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1572  Thursday, 27 June 2002

From:           Bruce Richman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Jun 2002 09:50:09 -0500
Subject: 13.1565 Re: Flapdragons
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.1565 Re: Flapdragons

Regarding Jeff Goldberg's inquiry about Costard's
"honorificabilitudinatibus" (LLL.V.1.41), the word is the subject of one
of the early Baconian canards. A Baconian with way too much time on his
hands found in the word an anagram for "Hi ludi F. Baconis nati tuiti
orbi" ("These plays, the offspring of F. Bacon, are preserved for the
world"). Only a few very adamant souls still subscribe to this account
of the term's meaning, which from its context and form can safely be
taken to be the nonsense word it seems to be, mocking the pretentious
pseudo-Latinate speech of Armado, Sir Nathaniel, and Holofernes. It does
not appear that we are intended to find other meaning.

Bruce W. Richman
Dept. of Surgery
University of Missouri School of Medicine

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