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By Laurie Maguire

This strange and interesting booklet convinces readers that names topic in Shakespeare's performs - and that fidgeting with names is a major company. the focal point is Shakespeare - particularly, case-studies of Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of mistakes, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All's good that Ends good, and Troilus and Cressida - however the ebook additionally exhibits. what Shakespeare inherited and the place the topic Read more...

summary: This strange and engaging ebook convinces readers that names subject in Shakespeare's performs - and that fidgeting with names is a major enterprise. the focal point is Shakespeare - particularly, case-studies of Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of blunders, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All's good that Ends good, and Troilus and Cressida - however the publication additionally exhibits. what Shakespeare inherited and the place the subject built after him. - ;How do names connect themselves to specific gadgets and other people and does this connection suggest whatever? this can be a query which fits way back to Plat

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This strange and interesting booklet convinces readers that names topic in Shakespeare's performs - and that fidgeting with names is a major company. the focal point is Shakespeare - particularly, case-studies of Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of mistakes, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All's good that Ends good, and Troilus and Cressida - however the ebook additionally indicates.

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Edward Cocker’s The Young Clerk’s Tutor Enlarged (6th edition 1670), is not a dictionary so much as a guidebook to behaviour and letterwriting, but it sees Wt to include in its ‘usefull Collection’ a twenty-three page listing of male and female names in Latin and English (119–42). The same author’s English Dictionary (1704; published posthumously) adds an appendix—An Historical Poetical dictionary: containing The Proper Names of Men, Women, Rivers, Countrys . . With the Etymological Explication and Derivation of them—while the anonymous Gazophylacium Anglicanum containing the Derivation of English Words, Proper and Common (1689) includes at the end a separate Etymologicon Onomasticon, or An Etymological Explication of the Proper Names of Men and Women.

Or if I were a carpenter, and my name were Butler . . ju lian But still . . b u t l e r . . it would not be so appropriate. (Act 1, scene 2, p. 30) But the arbitrary coincidence celebrated by Burrow was once a causal connection, and, for Nicholas Stone, still was. Stone’s family were so surnamed because they were stonemasons (the appellation could be abbreviated to either Stone or Mason); and the Butlers were butlers (originally a servant in charge of the wine cellar, from the French bouteillier).

This is the psychological thinking which motivates people to change their name by deed poll, or newly independent countries to rename themselves. In ancient Greek society servants were given new names when they changed master (Harris and Taylor 4). But the process of resignifying is not always consistent or straightforward. In the Orwellian world of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia the local oYcials, the syphogrants, have been subject to linguistic reorganization (their new title is phylarch), yet the narrator, Hythloday (whose name means nonsense), persistently uses the older name throughout his narrative without oVering any explanation for this retention.

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