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A Note on Jokes

April 10, 2011

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I thought it would be especially appropriate to use humour in more than just my individual posts, and so I introduced the “16th Century Joke of the Day” idea. From my limited knowledge on Shakespeare’s plays, I know that the humour used in the period were both political and strategic. With a little wit, a wink […]

16th Century Joke of the Day!

April 5, 2011

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A Gallego of Spaine went to the warres, and was shot with an arrowe into the head. The Surgeon searching the wound, said, that he could not possibly liue, for that the arrow had pierst his braine. The Gallego answered: That cannot be, for I haue no braine at all; had I had braines I trow I had neuer come to […]

16th Century Joke of the Day!

March 31, 2011

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One did a robbery in one sheere, and was taken in an other, and being brought before the Iustice there, the Iustice thought good to returne him backe againe to the other sheere where he committed the robberie: Wherupon the theefe saide vnto him: I pray (sir) if that be Lawe, let me aske you one […]

Good and Evil

March 31, 2011

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Whenever I read the parts of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, that involved “Good Angel” and “Evil Angel” I had images of scenes from Family Guy and Bugs Bunny fly through my head.  The Evil Angel sitting on the one shoulder advising the individual, with the Good Angel on the other counter-acting. More than […]

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16th Century Joke of the Day!

March 22, 2011

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One saying that French paper was better cheape in England then English paper: An other answered: No maruell, for why, they haue more ragges to make paper of in France, then wee haue in England, by reason they haue more beggers. http://shipbrook.com/jeff/jokes.html

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English and the World

March 22, 2011

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“Year 2006 aggregate estimates suggest approximately 375 million native English speakers, and a combined native and non-native number of English speakers of over 1.5 billion worldwide.” – http://cnrsociety.org/english.html This map shows the countries which have English standing as their Official Language as of 2006. Before the Elizabethan period this would not have been the case – […]

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Sir Francis Bacon’s Joke of the Day

March 17, 2011

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“Q[ueen] Eliz[abeth] saw S[i]r Ed[ward] Dier in her Garden, she looking out at a windowe, and asked him in Italian; what does a man think of, when he thinks of nothing? Sir Ed[ward] Dier, after a little pause, said in Ital[ian], Madam, of a womans promise. The Q[ueen] shrunk in her Head, and shutt the […]

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