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Ratolorum (n.)

Ratolorum means malapropism for rotulorum. Ratolorum is cited in William Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor (MV I.i.8). Slender said to shadow about shallows position as a justice: “and Rotulorum too.”.” Felina Silver Robinson

Act One: Justice Shallow is complaining to Sir Hugh Evans about the presence in Windsor of the unruly Sir John Falstaff, who has been poaching his deer.

Nonage (n.)

Nonage means minority, period of legal infancy. Nonage is cited in William Shakespeare’s play Richard III (R3 III.iii.13). The second citizen says to the other citizens about prince Edward as a ruler: “in his nonage…No doubt shall govern well.” Felina Silver Robinson

English actor David Garrick as Richard III just before the battle of Bosworth Field.

Machiavel (n.)

Machiavel means master of intrigue, political schemer. Machiavel is cited in William Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor (MW III.i.93). The host says to Caius and Evans: “Am I a machiavel?” Felina Silver Robinson

Sir Hugh Evans- Chuck Huber Doctor Caius- Blake Hackler Mistress Quickly- Amber Quinn Jane Rugby- Kelsey Milbourn. The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Magnanimity (n.)

Magnanimity means greatness of spirit, nobleness of heart. Magnanimity is cited in William Shakespeare’s play Henry VI Part 3 (3H6 V.iv.41). The prince says to everyone, about the effect of the Queen’s words on a coward: “Infusion his breast with magnanimity” Felina Silver Robinson

Allegory of Magnanimity by Luca Giordano, Getty Center

Madrigal (n.)

Madrigal means song, pleasant tune. Madrigal is cited in William Shakespeare’s play The Passionate Pilgrim (PassP XIX.8). The pilgrim says: “By shallow rivers, by whose falls melodious birds sing madrigals.” Felina Silver Robinson

Cosmopolitan, “The Passionate Pilgrim” (1918) Christy

Magnanimious (adj.)

Magnanimious means of great spirit, nobly valiant. Magnanimious is cited in William Shakespeare’s play All’s Well That Ends Well (AW Betram says to Parolles: “be magnanimious in the enterprise.” Felina Silver Robinson

Litigious (adj.)

Litigious means quarrelsome, contentious, marred by disputes. Litigious is cited in William Shakespeare’s play Pericles (Per III.iii.3). Pericles says to Cleon: “Tyrus stands in a litigious peace.” Felina Silver Robinson