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Bad, bad quarto!
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2358  Monday, 15 December 2003

From:           Steve Roth <
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Date:           Sunday, 14 Dec 2003 09:01:41 -0800
Subject:        Bad, bad quarto!

Speaking of Greg-, Pollard-, and Duthie-bashing:

In an effort to finally put an end to the impression of a stern voice
and tightly rolled TLS that arises from the seemingly still-universal
moniker, "'bad' quarto" (the inner quotes being now de rigeur), might I
suggest that we henceforth use the term "short [tm] quarto" instead?

It has been employed before, of course, but it's surprisingly rare, both
in print and online. Google yields only a handful of instances, the most
significant being by our own Steve Urkowitz, here in 1993: "short-quarto
scripts." We've used "bad quarto" here more than 100 times over the same
period. I'll leave it to another to count how many of those employed the
"so-called" quotes.

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