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Just for fun: the fretful porpentine and a bit of nerdy wordery

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Quills upon the fretful porpentine.……….  (Hamlet)

Why, Gert wondered, did Shakes use the form porpentine when the Old French was porc despyne or porc espin from the Latin porcus + spinus? We went looking and found this: Continue reading Just for fun: the fretful porpentine and a bit of nerdy wordery

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