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Observation about ducdame
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0674  Tuesday, 9 October 2007

From: 		Donald Bloom <
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Date: 		Monday, 8 Oct 2007 12:25:27 -0500
Subject: 18.0669 Observation about ducdame
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0669 Observation about ducdame

Whatever else it may be, ducdame (a three-syllable phrase to match "come 
hither") is Welsh and means something like "come with me."

Whether Shakespeare was playing on the Welsh phrase and meant for his 
audience to catch it, or was doing so and didn't care if they got it, or 
didn't himself know what the Welsh meant but had heard it somewhere, we 
can't tell. He may have meant something quite different than what the 
Welsh phrase means (something Latin or Greek, for example), and the 
possibility is certainly open to ingenious speculation. But that it is a 
phrase in Welsh is certain.

(It would, of course, be spelled differently in modern Welsh 
orthography, but the same applies to English.)

Cheers,
don

PS: If he'd said "commitmeer," and been asked the meaning of this
strange phrase, he could likewise have said it was a "Greek invocation
to call fools into a circle."

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