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Some of Britain's most distinguished Shakespearean actors have reopened the debate over whether William Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him. Apparently, they don't believe a 16th century commoner raised in an illiterate household and with no knowledge of the world of which he wrote could have produced the Bard's works. They like Christopher Marlowe, Francis Bacon, or Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, for possible authors. I say, what difference does it make at this late date? Somebody wrote them and they have survived the test of time. Leave it alone, quit quibbling, and simply continue to enjoy them.
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Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, commissioned a statue of its namesake. Christopher Newport was captain of the Susan Constant and helped found Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement. Before that, he'd been a privateer in the West Indies, hired by London merchants to raid Spanish and Portugese ships. (Is there much difference between a privateer and a pirate?) During the course of his swashbuckling, Newport's right arm was lopped off in a battle around 1590. The 24-foot bronze statue was delivered to the campus and all hell broke loose because it has ... both arms. Alumni and history buffs were miffed because Newport was inaccurately depicted, while the artist says he refuses to show an important historical figure with his arm cut off. The matter remains at an impasse.
TWISTED LINGUISTICS will attempt to define these Words Gone Wild:
critisizm - Seize the critic!
a real, real, crtitic - A genuine tic affecting the breast area.
illierate - How much a sick liar is charged.
Thank you hun - Expression of gratitude to a person of Teutonic descent.
|You Have a Phlegmatic Temperament|
Mild mannered and laid back, you take life at a slow pace.
You are very consistent - both in emotions and actions.
You tend to absorb set backs easily. You are cool and collected.
It is difficult to offend you. You can remain composed and unemotional.
You are a great friend and lover. You don't demand much of others.
While you are quiet, you have a subtle wit that your friends know well.
At your worst, you are lazy and unwilling to work at anything.
You often get stuck in a rut, without aspirations or dreams.
You can get too dependent on others, setting yourself up for abandonment.