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Sonnet 89
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1454  Monday, 19 July 2004

From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Jul 2004 17:24:36 -0400
Subject: 15.1444 Sonnet 89
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1444 Sonnet 89

Susan St. John asks:

 >Is there no evidence that lame could have also meant 'stupid and
 >pointless', as it is used in today's vernacular?

Yes, there is evidence. Check OED s.v. lame, adjective 2 fig., which
cites Othello's "lame conclusion" as one example among others.

Bill Godshalk

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