Hamlet - more Saxon than Saxo

Chris R sfa_ok2001 at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Dec 16 19:00:50 EST 2003

> >I also found this snippet. It's by Jennings, but
> I'm not sure whether it's
> >taken from the articles in question:
> >
> >'To be, or not to be: that is the ask-thing/Is't
> higher-thinking in the
> >brain to bear/The slings and arrows of outrageous
> dooming/Or take weapons
> >'gainst a sea of bothers/And by againstwork end
> them?'
> >
> >I suspect that 'outrageous' ought not to have been
> allowed to stay.

> I think probably "outrage" is properly un-Latin,
> isn't it?  "rage" is
> Middle English.

And 'out' is Germanic in origin, but '-ous' is a
Latinate ending. (Latin '-osus', meaning roughly 'full
of', becomes English '-ous', as in Latin
'gloriosus'/English 'glorious'.) Perhaps he should
have invented something like 'outrageful'. 


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