Posts tagged ‘Shakespeare’

February 11, 2014

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The tendency that teenagers in love will be much more likely to pursue a romantic attachment when they encounter parental interference and opposition is called the “Romeo and Juliet effect”.

Source: www.media-studies.ca/articles/influence_ch6.htm

October 14, 2013

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The word “pumpkin” actually comes from a Greek word pepon meaning “large melon”.  Over the many centuries the pumpkin has been around,
the French evolved the word into pomponPumpion became the new
word in England, when Shakespeare made mention of it in the Merry Wives of Windsor. Colonists in America finalized the modern term of pumpkin.

Source: www.pumpkin-patch.com/

May 13, 2013

What The Dickens?

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“Hurts like the dickens” has  nothing to do with Charles Dickens, but rose in popularity in Victorian times with the notoriety of the famous author.  Dickens is a euphemism, for the word devil.  It first appeared in Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” Act 3, scene 2: “I can not tell what the dickens his name is.”

Source: www.guardian.co.uk