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]

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

Tony B

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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