Oxford English Dictionary and Concordance Exercise

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Choose two words from The Taming of the Shrew that you would like to study further. These should be words that seem to be used in ways different from modern practice, or words that are unfamiliar to you. Here are a few possibilities–”politicly,” “humour,” “haggard,” “cunning,” “light,” “curst,” “shrew,” “green,” “happy”–but choose something else if you wish. Avoid examining a word that appears only once in the play.

Use the OpenSource Concordance to discover where Shakespeare uses each of the two words in The Taming of the Shrew. (Print off a screenshot of the relevant pages.) Then use the Oxford English Dictionary to find the most appropriate meanings of the word from its list of meanings. (Print off a screenshot of the relevant pages.) For each word, comment in a sentence or two about what you’ve discovered about Shakespeare’s use of that word.

Your completed assignment should contain:

  • print-offs for your two words from the OED;
  • print-offs for your two words from the OpenSource Concordance;
  • your comments on how Shakespeare seems to define and use these two words in The Tamingof the Shrew.
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