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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See Shaksperian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Shakespearean scholar
  • adj. of or relating to William Shakespeare or his works

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  • 'Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head?' But
    O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag--
    It's so elegant
    So intelligent.

    T.S. Eliot - "The Waste Land", lines 126-130 ("A Game of Chess")

    That Shakespearian Rag was first published by Joseph W. Stern & Company in 1912. The words were by Gene Buck and Herman Ruby, and the music by David Stamper. The chorus is:

    That Shakesperian rag--
    Most intelligent, very elegant,
    That old classical drag
    Has the proper stuff
    The line, "Lay on MacDuff"
    Desdemona was the pampered pet
    Romeo loves his Juliet
    And they were some lovers
    You can bet, and yet
    I know if they were here today
    They'd Grizzly Bear in a different way
    And you'd hear old Hamlet say
    "To be or not to be"
    That Shakesperian rag...

    Note Eliot's changes: There are no repeating Os, the "That" in the song title is lowercase and "Shakespearian" has been turned into "Shakespeherian."

    The Grizzly Bear was a scandalous dance where the partners danced in a position reminding one of a bear hug. For more information (and lyrics, midis and pictures) on the Grizzly Bear visit:
    grizzly
    A history of the Grizzly Bear and pictures at Sonny Watson Dance History Pages

    "Perfessor" Bill Edwards' description, lyrics and midi for Irving Berlin's song for the this dance.

    April 26, 2008

  • Both spellings are accepted. OED2 lists Shakespearian first; MW3 lists Shakespearean first. Google shows the latter has more than 80% of current usage.

    English doesn't seem to have a set pattern in such cases. Sometimes the final e is dropped (Jove, Jovian) sometimes it is kept (Boole, Boolean) and sometimes usage is mixed (Zairian, Zairean).

    April 24, 2008

  • That's interesting. I always thought this was spelled shakespearean, at least when it's an adjective, but I wonder how right WeirdNet can be about this...

    April 23, 2008

  • 1718 C. GILDON Compl. Art Poetry I. 305 Shakespeariana: or Select Moral Reflections, Topicks, Similies, and Descriptions from Shakespear.

    April 23, 2008

  • 1718 C. GILDON Compl. Art Poetry I. 305 Shakespeariana: or Select Moral Reflections, Topicks, Similies, and Descriptions from Shakespear.

    April 23, 2008