The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0626 Tuesday, 1 April 2003
Date: Monday, 31 Mar 2003 23:02:34 -0500
Subject: 14.0611 Re: By Jove!
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0611 Re: By Jove!
My first edition OED gives as the earliest citation for "By Jove" R.
B.'s *Appius and Virginia* (1575). Shakespeare uses it in LLL, TGV,AWW,
H5, TRO, COR, ANT,CYN, PER - as you can see, it's more likely to occur
in plays with classical settings, but still common enough in the
others. Of the 4 non-classical plays, TGV and AWW first appeared in
the Folio, where they would have come under the prohibition against
using "By God".
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