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Name This Kitten
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0176  Friday, 23 January 2004

[1]     From:   Kris McDermott <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 08:05:18 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0155  Name This Kitten

[2]     From:   Todd Pettigrew <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 10:20:02 -0400
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[3]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 09:35:46 -0600
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[4]     From:   Dan Smith <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 15:40:37 -0000
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[5]     From:   Ken Steele <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 10:01:45 -0600
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[6]     From:   David Cohen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 10:37:59 -0600
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[7]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 09:17:49 -0800
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[8]     From:   Ann Carrigan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 12:31:36 -0500
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[9]     From:   Linda Englade <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 09:35:32 -0800 (PST)
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[10]     From:  Al Magary <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 13:23:40 -0800
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[11]     From:  Ira Zinman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 20:24:40 EST
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 18:40:56 -0800 (PST)
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[13]     From:  Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Jan 2004 07:31:25 -0500
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From:           Kris McDermott <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 08:05:18 EST
Subject: 15.0155  Name This Kitten
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155  Name This Kitten

If the kitten turns out to be flame-point, then "Hotspur" is the natural
choice, or "Bardolph" if you want to be more subtle.

Kris McDermott
Central Michigan University

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From:           Todd Pettigrew <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 10:20:02 -0400
Subject: 15.0155 Name This Kitten
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

Some suggestions for Larry's kitten:

"Thrice, the brinded cat" (Macbeth)

"Hercules" as in "Let Hercules himself do what he may,/The cat will mew
and dog will have his day." (Hamlet)

By the way, it's curious how Shakespeare so often represents cats
negatively: uncleanly, foul, credulous. Will was badly scratched as a
child, no doubt.

t.

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 09:35:46 -0600
Subject: 15.0155 Name This Kitten
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

The self-indulgent and fantastical Orsino is cat-like in those
qualities, but his name means bear-like. Hots-Purr is perhaps too awful
a pun, as are Clawdius and Clawdio. Christopher Sly's name describes a
cat very well, but is himself a drunken lout. Sir William Catesby may be
too historical (while Ratcliffe and Dogberry too confusing). (Young)
Cato is not pronounced the right way.

I don't know but whether Tybalt is the best answer after all. What the
critter is like as a kitten and what it will be like as a grown up cat
are commonly very different things. You could call it Tyb until it grows
up and you see if it struts about slashing everything in sight.

Cheers,
don

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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 15:40:37 -0000
Subject: 15.0155 Name This Kitten
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

My wife suggested Leontes - leonine and regal (may be prone to
irrational jealousy though).

Dan Smith

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From:           Ken Steele <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 10:01:45 -0600
Subject: 15.0155 Name This Kitten
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

In response to Larry Weiss' plea for suggested Shakespearean kitten
names, I am happy to report that I once had two kittens named "Snug" and
"Sebastian" -- but in retrospect, I should have called them
"Rosenkrantz" and "Guildenstern".

Depending upon their personality, you might want to consider "Puck" or
"Oberon" or "Ariel" too.

Yours,
Ken

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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 10:37:59 -0600
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Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

"Bardi" (short for Bardikins)?

David Cohen

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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 09:17:49 -0800
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Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

Larry Weiss writes of his cat:

"I would like to give him a Shakespearean name"

Sounds like an Ariel to me.

-- Colin Cox Artistic Director Will & Company

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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 12:31:36 -0500
Subject: 15.0155 Name This Kitten
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

My all-time favorite cat name:  Perchance.

It kind of suits the personality of cats (unpredictability) and the
obvious purr-chance play-on-words is there.

I named a stray kitten Perchance once, only to discover that it wasn't
so much a stray as a wandering neighbor who came to visit when food and
affection were better found next door with me.

Best of luck!

Ann Carrigan

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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 09:35:32 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0155 Name This Kitten
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

I'm quite a fan of incongruity myself, so saddling a precious little
kitten with a name like Rosenkrantz particularly appeals to me.

Linda Englade

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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 13:23:40 -0800
Subject: 15.0155 Name This Kitten
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

Hmm.  "I would to God thou and I knew where a commodity of good names
were to be bought." (1H4)  But let us engage.

If he's anything like the Siamese I once had, who once climbed a 40-ft
Monterey pine and crossed on the branches to a similar-sized tree, your
cat is a real climber.  So how about one of those famous climbers,
Macbeth or Richard III (or Gloucester)?  Alternatively, anticipating
what mangled remains your cat will drag into the house, Dick the Butcher
(from 2H6).

More lightly:  Sneak, Speed, Quickly, Fang, Clown, Traveler, Froth, or
Ghost.

Cassius:  he of the lean and hungry look.

Or Peaseblossom (from MND), known for scratching.

Like puns?  Leonine or even Leonardo, Leonato, or Leontes.  Cato or
Peto.  Or, as the cat is flame-pointed, Flaminius (from Timon).

Ironic puns?  How about Silence?

Punny quotes?  Toby ("Toby, or not Toby.").  Hairy ("A little touch of
Hairy in the night.").

Obscure but allusive:  Edward (the IV: "He capers nimbly in a lady's
chamber").  Lion (in MND, "Well roared, Lion!").  Shylock ("If you prick
us, do we not bleed?).  Austria (in KJ, "Thou wear a lion's hide.").
Gib (in 1H4, "I am as melancholy as a gib cat.").  Trout (in TN, "Here
comes the trout that must be caught with tickling.").

Or Nameless (in 1H4, "I am not in the roll of common men.").

OTOH, considering the ultimate status of cats, King, Duke, Prince, or
Lord would be the most fitting.

Our revels now have ended!

Al Magary

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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 20:24:40 EST
Subject: 15.0155 Name This Kitten
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

Larry,

Just make it simple and call him Shakespeare

Ira

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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 18:40:56 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0155 Name This Kitten
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

Tybalt is a GREAT name for a cat.
This kitten will grow up, you know.
It's tough to be tough with a name like
It's even fun to say.  I would run with that.
But if you're not taken by your instincts.

Snug does play the Lion's part. Or, double deep would be Bottom who
wants to play the lion's part - Pyramus, I know.... hmmmmm My mom named
her tom cat Zelda. I grew up thinking it was a cat name.

Pyramus? no.

or Catsiano?

Or maybe CaT-thazar... czar  to his friends...

or F'CoaH (fair creature of an hour) <--- that's got a nice eXotic ring
to it.

or Kitty-ban <-- too cute?

I need to stop.

Congratulations.

=)

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Date:           Friday, 23 Jan 2004 07:31:25 -0500
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Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0155 Name This Kitten

Too cute for Graymalkin or Paddock then, I guess.

William Shakespurr? Felinius? Purrlonius? Purratio? Purrtruchio?
Purrcutio? Purrospero? Prospurro? Puss Purro?Purrdinand? Romeow?
Pussanio? Kit Meow? (the Rival Pet) Tailporter? Bushy? Chatillon? Purr
de lion? Coeur de kitten? Catsby? Titus Andronicat? et catera.

Clifford Stetner
CUNY

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