Archives For Language

Lamentable (adj.)

Lamentable means sorrowful, mournful, or sad. It was sited in Shakespeare’s King John (KL III.i.22 [Constance asks Salisbury] Why holds thine eye that lamentable rheum.)


Bare-gnawn (adj.) & Canker-bit (adj.)

Bare-gnawn means consumed, worn away to nothing. It was sited in Shakespeare’s King Lear (KL V.iii.120 [disguised, Edgar says to everyone] My name is lost, by treason’s tooth bare-gnawn and canker-bit.)

Canker-bit means worn-eaten, eaten away by canker grubs. It was sited in Shakespeare’s King Lear as noted above. Felina Silver Robinson.

Cabilero (n.) & Cavaliero (adj.)

Calibero (n.) means gallant or fine fellow. It was sited in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2 (2H4 V.iii.58 [Shallow to all] I’ll drink to Master Bardolph, and to all the cabileros about London [Q; F Cauileroes])

Cavaliero means gallant, valiant or honourable. It was sited in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor three different times (1) MW II.i.181 [The Host says to Shallow] Cavaliero justice, I say!, (2) MW II.i.1196 [The Host says Ford, of Falstaff] Hast thou no suit against my knight, my guest cavaliero?, (3) MW II.iii.67 [The Host aside says to all except Caius] Master guest, and Master Page, and eke Cavaliero SlenderFelina Silver Robinson.)

In the cruel speech of rejection, Henry V is at some trouble to ensure that Falstaff be given no opportunity of dialogue” (Bloom 277).

Have you caught yourself saying any of these words?

Abhorring (n.)

Abhorring is defined in two ways. In both cases it is used as a non.  Abhorring can be defined abhorrence, disgust, or loathing. It was sited in Shakespeare’s  Coriolanus (Cor.I.i.166 Martius says to the first citizen] “Beneath abhorring. What would you have, you curs.)

Abhorring can also be an object of disgust or something to be loathed. It was also sited in Antony & Cleopatra (AC V.ii.60 [Cleopatra says to Proculeius“Let the water flies blow me into abhorring!) Felina Silver Robinson

Cleopatra pictured here with Antony

Habiliment (n.)

Habiliment means clothes, dress, attire or outfit. It is usually plural. I know of five different times that William Shakespeare referenced this word in one of his plays. and they are: (1) AC, (2) Tit V.ii.1, (3) R2 I.iii.28, (4) TG IV.i.13, (5) TS IV.iii.166. Felina Silver Robinson

Caesar says to everyone, speaking of Cleopatra “She, in the ‘habiliments of the goddess Isis”

Fadge (v.)

Fadge means to succeed, be suitable or to turn out well. You can also understand it to mean turnout, end up or come off.  In the Twelfth Night II.ii.33. Viola sitting alone says “How will this fadge.” Of course meaning, How will this turn out or end up. Felina Silver Robinson