The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0524 Tuesday, 20 October 2009
[Editor's Note: Despite my ban on messages regarding coding, I could not
pass up this submission from Tony Burton. Also, it was called to my
attention that the thread that become usage-bashing was inappropriate
and I agree. As I strive to maintain an academic level in discourse, I
will continue to reject postings that I deem inconsistent with the list
as I see it, but some will slip through and for those I apologize. --HMC]
Date: Friday, 16 Oct 2009 13:15:42 -0400
Subject: 20.0517 Wriothesley Anagrams
Comment: Re: SHK 20.0517 Wriothesley Anagrams
Hasn't it occurred to anyone that Malvolio's labored attempt to make
something out of his M. O. A. I. is a glorious send-up of the whole game
of anagram detection and cipher mongering?
Will himself may have played the game - and he certainly seems to have
played just about every word game around even though he later parodied
it. However, his portrayal of Molvoloio's misguided efforts to find
what isn't there in order to support a deluded fantasy, can serve as a
cautionary warning to anagramaniacs and cipherphiles how they appear to
the rational observer. Let them desist lest they all be confined in
some dark place.
PS: Modesty restrains me from submitting a progress report of my
research into "Hardy Cook" anagrams in the Romances. But be assured,
when my conclusions are published there will be widespread astonishment.
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