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Tales from the Owl: a Shakespeare quiz

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Some time ago we promised another competition for which the prize would be a family pass to the Nietzsche Fun Park in beautiful Basingstoke. The Owl has now provided us with the material for a quiz based on his close reading of Wowliam Shakespeare, and has added a bonus prize of a copy of his own book, Hoots Mon: Conversations with Owls.
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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