Archives For Language


Sapient (adj.)

Sapient means wise, learned, and erudite. It was sited in Shakespeare’s King Lear (KL III.vi.22 [Lear says to the Fool] Thou sapient sir, sit here)

“King Lear and the Fool in the Storm” by William Dyce


Fangled (adj.)

Fangled means drifting, meandering, wandering. It was sited in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (AC I.iv.45 [Caesar said to Lepidus about the people] This common body, / Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream.)

Posthumus and Imogen by John Faed


Vagabon (adj.)

Vagabon means drifting, meandering, wandering. It was sited in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (AC I.iv.45 [Caesar said to Lepidus about the people] This common body, / Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream.)

Constance


Tack About (v.)

Tack About means to change course or to run against the wind. It was sited in Shakespeare’s The Two  Noble Kinsmen (TNK III.iv.10 [Gaoler's Daughter alone speaks of a ship] Up with a course or two, and tack about.)

Constance


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.)

Constance


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).