1. Satis quod sufficit. "Enough's as good as a feast" (Steevens).
2. Reasons. Arguments; or, perhaps, as Johnson and others explain it, "discourse, conversation."
4. Affection. " Affectation" (2d folio). In Ham. ii. 2. 464, the quartos have "affection," the folios "affectation." See also on v. 2.409 below. Affectioned (= affected) occurs in T. N. ii. 3. 160.
5. Opinion. Dogmatism; or, perhaps, self-conceit. Cf. I Hen. IV. p. 175.
9. Novi hominem tanguam te. I know the man as well as I do you.
10. His tongue filed. His speech is polished or refined. Cf. Sonn.
85. 4: "And precious phrase by all the Muses fil'd," etc.
12. Thrasonical. Boastful; like Thraso in Terence's Eunuchns. Cf.
A. Y. L. p. 193. Picked. Over-refined, fastidious. Cf. Ham. v. i. 151: "the age is
grown so picked;" and K. John, i. I. 193: "My picked man of countries." Travellers were much given to this affectation; which explains peregrinate here.
18. Phantasimes. Fantastics. See on iv. 1.94 above.
Point-device = finical "up to the best mark devisable;" as in A. Y. L. iii. 2. 401: "you are rather point-device in your accoutrements." For companions used contemptuously (= fellows), see Temp. p. 131, note on Your fellow.
19. Rackers of orthography, etc. W[hite]. remarks: "This passage has especial interest on account of its testimony to the condition of our language when it was written. In his pedagoguish wrath, the Pedant lets
us know that consonants now silent were then heard on the lips of purists, that compound words preserved ihe forms and sounds of their elements, and that vowels were pronounced more purely and openly than they now are. The change from the ancient to what may be called the modern pronunciation appears to have begun, among the more cultivated classes, just before S. commenced his career, and to have been completed in the course of about fifty years -- that is, from about 1575 to about 1625 . . . With regard to the completion of this change, the following passages from Charles Butler's English Grammar, Oxford, 1633, are decisive: 'Another use of the letters is to show the derivation of a word: namely, when we keep a letter in the derivative, &c. . . . also when a letter not sounded in the English is yet written, because it is in the language from which the word came: as b in debt, doubt; e in George; g in deseign, flegme, reign, signe; h in Thomas, authoriti; I in salve, &c. . . . L after a and before f, v, k, or m is vulgarly sounded like u (or, with
the a, like the diphthong au); before f as in calf, half; before v as in
salv, calvs, halvs, etc.'"
23. Abhominable. The old spelling, and evidently also the pronunciation, of the word.
Insinuatheth me. Intimates or suggests to me. Hanmer reads "to me," and the Coll. MS. "one" for me.
24. For insanire the early eds. have "infamie," for which Theo. reads "insanie," Warb. "insanity," and the Coll. MS. "insania." Insanire, which is favoured by the use of the infinitive in defining it, was suggested
Ne intelligis? Do you understand? Johnson conjectures "nonne" for ne.
26. Laus Deo, etc. The folio reads here:
"Cura. Laus Deo, bene intelligo.
Peda. Borne boon for boon prescian, a little scratcht, 'twil serue."
The reading in the text is due to Theo., who says: "The curate, addressing with complaisance his brother pedant, says bone to him, as we frequently in Terence find bone vir; but the pedant, thinking he had mistaken the adverb, thus descants on it: 'Bone -- bone for bene: Priscian a little scratched: 'twill serve.' Alluding to the common phrase, Diminuis Prisciani caput, applied to such as speak false Latin." This is ingenious, but we have our doubts whether it is anything more than a plausible mending of a hopelessly corrupt passage. It is, however, much to be preferred to the modification of it in the modern editions that have adopted it. These, without exception (at least, so. far as we are aware), read "bone intelligo," making Nathaniel actually wrong in the use of the adverb. It is hardly conceivable that he should be guilty of a blunder for which a schoolboy ought to be whipped ; and besides he has used the correct form in "omne bene," in iv. 2. 31 above a fact which all the editors
appear to have overlooked. It is certainly more reasonable to suppose, as Theo. does, that Nathaniel's bone is the vocative of the adjective, and that Holofernes takes it to be a slip for the adverb; which is natural enough, as bene intelligo is a common phrase. Being a pedagogue, and used to hearing such blunders from his pupils, it does not occur to him that Nathaniel would not be likely to make them.
The Camb. editors (followed by H[udson].) retain the bene intelligo, and make Holofernes reply: "Bon, bon, fort bon, Priscian! a little scratched; ' t will serve." They say: "Holofernes patronizingly calls Sir Nathaniel Priscian, but, pedagogue-like, will not admit his perfect accuracy." It seems improbable, however, that he would play the critic in a case like this, where the construction is so simple that no possible question could be
raised about it. Besides, the pedant does not elsewhere quote French, and Latin might naturally be expected from him here.
29. Videsne quis venit? Do you see who is coming?
30. Video, et gaudeo. I see, and rejoice.
37. Alms-basket of words. The refuse of words. As Malone notes, the refuse meat of families was put into a basket and given to the poor. He cites Florio's Second Frutes, 1591 "Take away the table, fould up
the cloth, and put all these pieces of broken meat into a basket for the poor."
39. Honorificabililiidinitatibus. "This word, vvhencesoever it comes, is often mentioned as the longest word known" (Johnson).
40. Flap-dragon. "Some small combustible body, rued at one end, and put afloat in a glass of liquor" (Johnson). Cf. 2 Hen. IV. ii. 4. 267: "drinks off candle-ends for flap-dragons." Almonds, plums, or raisins
were commonly used for the purpose.
43. Horn-book. The child's primer, the pages of which were covered with thin horn, to keep them from being soiled or torn. S. uses the word only here.
45. Pueritia. Literally, boyhood; used affectedly for puer, boy.
48. Quis. Who.
50. The fifth, if I. K[night] says: "The pedant asks who is the silly sheep quis, quis? 'The third of the five vowels if you repeat them,' says Moth; and the pedant does repeat them a, e, I; the other two clinches
it, says Moth, o, u (O you). This may appear a poor conundrum, and a low conceit, as Theobald has it, but the satire is in opposing the pedantry of the boy to the pedantry of the man, and making the pedant have the worst of it in what he calls 'a quick venew of wit.'"
53. Longaville. Here rhyming with mile, as above (iv. 3. 128) with
compile. Cf. p. 128 above.
54. Venue. Touch, hit; a fencing term. It is the same as veney in M. W. i. 296. See our ed. p. 135.
55. Home. That is, a home thrust. Cf. v. 2. 628 below.
56. Wit-old. A play upon wittol (= cuckold), for which see M. W.
62. Circum circa. That is, round and round.
71. Preambulate. The early eds. have "preambulat," for which Theo. reads "praeambula." Preambulate is from the Camb. ed.
72. Charge-house. A word not found elsewhere, and possibly a corruption. Steevens thought it might be = "a free school" (apparently on the lucus a non lucendo principle), but it is more likely one at which a fee was
charged. Theo. conjectures "church-house," and the Coll. MS. has "large house." Capell takes it to be a corruption of Charter-house, as that word is of Chartreuse. This is not improbable. H. reads "Chartreuse;" but, even it' that is the meaning, the corruption may have been put intentionally into the mouth of Armado.
83. Choice. The quartos and 1st folio have "chose," the 2d folio "choise," and the other folios "choice."
86. Inward. Confidential, private. Cf. Rich. III. iii. 4-8: "Who is most inward with the royal duke?" See also the noun in M. for M. iii. 2. 138.
87. Remember thy courtesy. This was a phrase of the time, bidding a person who had taken off his hat as an act of courtesy, to put it on again. See p. 147. Dr. Ingleby (Shakes, Hermeneutics, p. 74) is probably right
in his explanation of the origin of the phrase: "It arose, we think, as follows: the courtesy was the temporary removal of the hat from the head, and that was finished as soon as the hat was replaced. If any one from ill-breeding or over-politeness stood uncovered for a longer time than was necessary to perform the simple act of courtesy, the person so saluted reminded him of the fact that the removal of the hat was a courtesy: and this was expressed by the euphemism 'Remember thy courtesy,' which thus implied 'Complete your courtesy, and replace your hat.'"
89. Importunate. The folio reading. The ist quarto has "importune," and the Camb. ed. "important."
93. Excrement. The word is applied to the hair or beard in five out of six passages in which S. uses it. See Ham. p. 238.
99. Chuck. A term of endearment. See Macb. p. 212.
100. Antique. The early eds. use antique and antick indiscriminately, but with the accent always on the first syllable. Cf. A. Y. L. p. 152, or Macb. p. 234. See also 132 below.
105. The Nine Worthies. Famous personages, often alluded to, and classed somewhat arbitrarily, like the Seven Wonders of the World. They were commonly said to be three Gentiles Hector, Alexander, Julius Caesar; three Jews Joshua, David, Judas Maccabaeus; and three Christians Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon. In the present play we find Pompey and Hercules among the number. Cf. 2 Hen. IV. ii. 4. 238: "ten times better than the Nine Worthies.
106. Sir Nathaniel. The early eds. have "Sir Holofernes;" corrected by Capell.
113. Myself or. The early eds. have "myself and;" corrected by Capell. The passage is probably otherwise corrupt.
115. Pass. Pass as, represent.
120. Present. Represent; as in Temp. iv. I. 167: "When I presented Ceres," etc. See also many instances of the word below.
125. Make an offence gracious. "Convert an offence against yourselves into a dramatic propriety" (Steevens).
132. Fadge. Suit, or turn out well; as in T. N. ii. 2. 34: "How will this fadge?"
134. Via. Away (Italian); used as "an adverb of encouragement"
137. Allans. The early eds. have "Alone," as in iv. 3. 378 above.
139. The hay. Some say that to dance the hay was to dance in a ring; others that hay was the name of a country-dance.
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