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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0900  Friday, 6 May 2005

From:           Gerald E. Downs <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 May 2005 18:56:49 EDT
Subject: 16.0860 'Quondam'
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0860 'Quondam'

Norman Hinton said that Grose's dictionary has

 >the earliest appearance of the supposed Col. Cundum,

A footnote to "Panegyric" printed in 1728 attributes the invention to "a
certain Colonel . . . ." The 1741 printing expanded the footnote:

    Colonel Condom was the Inventor of What is vulgarly
    called a C----m, alias Armour, by the Girls of the Town,
    and who generally carry this Defense about them, at
    1 s. each.

In 1708 "Condon" said to be famed for the invention of the "Condon", for
whom it was named. The title of Dr.  was given to "C----n ' in 1724,
though the device is called a 'Condum." I think the inventor was
invented in the attempt to bring the word to the public domain, but we
are still left with the mystery of its beginnings.

Gerald E. Downs

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