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Still-discordant (adh.)

Still-discordant means always disagreeing, perpetually quarrelling.  Still-discordant is cited in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2 (2H4 Induction 19) Rumour alone says: The still-discordant wavering multitude.” Felina Silver Robinson

Henry IV Part 2 – Prologue – Rumour

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Strappado (n.)

Strappado means type of torturing instrument.  Strappado is cited in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 (1H4 II.iv.233) Falstaff says to everyone: “an I were at the strappado…I would not tell you on compulsion.” Felina Silver Robinson

Henry the Fourth Part 1 Act 2 Scene 4

Henry the Fourth Part 1 Act 2 Scene 4

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Sherris-Sack (n.)

Sherris-Sack means white wine from Xeres (Spain), sherry-wine.  Sherris-Sack is cited in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2 (2H4 IV.iii.95) Falstaff by himself says: “A good sherris-sack hath a two fold operation in it.” Felina Silver Robinson

Falstaff with big wine jar

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Skains-Mate (n.)

Skains-Mate means cut-throat fellow.  Skains-Mate is cited in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (RJ II.iv.151) Nurse says to Romeo about Mercutio: “I am none of his skains-mates.” Felina Silver Robinson

Romeo and Juliet with Friar Laurence by Henry William Bunbury

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Pajock (n.)

Pajock means savage, degenerate; or: peacock.  Pajock is cited in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Ham III.ii.293) Hamlet says to Horatio: “now reigns here a very, very – pajock” Felina Silver Robinson

Horatio, Hamlet, and the Ghost (Artist: Henry Fuseli 1798) [6]

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Yea-forsooth (adj.)

Yea-forsooth means always agreeing, fawning, sycophantic.  Yea-forsooth is cited in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2 (2H4 I.ii.35) Falstaff says to Page about his taylor: “A rascally yea-forsooth knave.” Felina Silver Robinson

Sir John Falstaff is accompanied now by a page, a diminutive fellow sent by Prince Hal, possibly as a visual joke in his physical contrast

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Zephyr (n.)

Zephyr means mild breeze, gentle wind.  Zephyr is cited in William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (Cym IV.ii.172) Belarius alone says about Arviragus and Guiderius: “they are as gentle as zephyrs blowing below the violet.” Felina Silver Robinson

Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind and the goddess Chloris, from an 1875 oil painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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