I’m reading King Lear, the Oxford School edition. Shakespeare is always good for a few new words!
The Earl of Gloucester (in observing that the king appears to value his two son-in-laws equally): …for equalities are so weigh’d that curiosity in neither can make choice of either’s moiety.
The notes say this phrase means “their shares (which are meant to be equal) are in fact so evenly balanced that no amount of careful scrutiny (‘curiosity’) in comparing them could make either duke prefer the other’s part (‘moiety’).” My dictionary says ‘moiety’ means “half” so that makes sense.
King Lear (describing the land he grants to his oldest daughter):
With shadowy forests and with champains rich’d
With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads
According to the notes, champains are open plains and wide-skirted meads are extensive meadows.
King Lear (disinheriting Cordelia):
Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
Propinquity and property of blood,
And as a stranger to my heart and me
Hold thee from this for ever.
My dictionary (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1979) says propinquity means “nearness of blood,” synonymous with ‘kinship.’
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermudaonion’s Weblog. Kathy says: “Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.”