The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0499 Thursday, 17 March 2005
Date: Wednesday, 16 Mar 2005 14:23:12 -0600
Subject: 16.0487 Dictionary
Comment: Re: SHK 16.0487 Dictionary
>As is the venerable Oxford English Dictionary.
You will notice, quite often, that the earliest usage cited by OED is
from Shakespeare. I have been curious about Sh's epithetic usage of
Ephesian/s in HIV and MW, and how that might relate to the setting of
Comedy at Ephesus. The meaning in HIV and MW is clear, but what is not
clear is why that usage would resonate with an audience, thus making
good theater. There are many fairly obvious contenders; BCP, et al, but
nothing crystal clear. If you follow the term/s through the various
dictionaries from Sh's day till OED I, a circularity arises. If you
follow the glosses in the major editions of the plays, a sort of double
circularity emerges. Has anyone else noticed this?
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