Hamlet - more Saxon than Saxo

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Tue Dec 16 19:29:27 EST 2003

Chris R wrote:

> Charlie:
>> >'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'.

Ach, yes.  Bother.  oh well.

I also think he ought to have said " to take weapons"
or "take up weapons" for the scansion, but that's a
true nitpickery.


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