The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0273  Thursday, 6 June 2013

 

From:        John Perry <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 5, 2013 8:48:13 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: Petruchio

 

>From: Larry Weiss < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

>Date: June 3, 2013 1:57:31 PM EDT

>...

>Another possibility, which I don’t think is as likely, is that 

>Petruchio is another name for Peter—it means “big Peter.”

 

Actually, if we accept, as I do, the position that Shakespeare knew the significance of Petruchio (“Petruccio” in Italian), it would be a very common diminutive of Peter (Pietro), which means, roughly, “sweet little Peter”. It generally begins in childhood, and continues among family and friends into adulthood.  

 

John Perry

 

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