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Double Entendres

In Shakespeare's Works

Lynna Lee

on 9 May 2013

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Background Elizabethan Slang Shakespeare's Entendres Impact Shakespeare's Entendres In Romeo and Juliet
Act 2, Scene 1
"Now will he sit under a medlar tree And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit As maids call medlars when they laugh alone. O Romeo, that she were, O that she were An open-arse and thou a poperin pear!" -Mercutio
Act 2, Scene 4
"'Tis no less, I tell you, for the bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon.'" -Mercutio A figure of speech that can be understood in two ways.

One of meanings is obvious
Other is more subtle (humorous, risque or ironic implication) Apple-squire: pimp
Bawd: a lower-class women, usually a prostitute
Foin: stab with a spear; to engage in sexual congress
Nothing: female genitalia
Nun: prostitute
Nunnery: a brothel Double Entendres In Twelfth Night
Act 1, Scene 3
"'Excellent; it hangs like flax on a distaff; and I hope to see a housewife take thee between her legs and spin it off.'" - Sir Toby Belch Showed his love of words
Displayed the many possibilities of phrase combinations
Served as a dramatic function as well as entertainment
Double entendres are still apparent today In Shakespeare's Works Subtle Insults
Illicit Propositions
Avoid eavesdroppers from listening
Hide a crude suggestion
Humorous By Lynna Lee Definition Purpose Uses Television Comedies
For all ages
Accidental jokes
Numerous slang terms Prick: male genitalia
Punk: prostitute
Punkateero: purveyor of prostitutes; a pimp
Quean: prostitute
Something: male genitalia
Stews: a brothel
Trull: prostitute Shakespeare's Entendres In Much Ado About Nothing
The title and its correspondence to the plot Shakespeare's Entendres In A Midsummer Night's Dream
Act 2, Scene 1
"'But I might see young Cupid’s fiery shaft quenched in the chaste beams of the watery moon'" -Oberon
Act 5, Scene 1
"'My cherry lips have often kiss'd thy stones, thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee.'" -Thisbe Modern Day Examples Television Comedy: The Simpsons
"'I think women and sea-men don't mix.'" -Marge
Accidental Jokes: Newspapers
"Panda mating fails: veterinarian takes over"
Child-Friendly Programs
"'Ok, everyone, think dirty thoughts!'" - Finding Nemo Works Consulted "Double Entendre Examples." Double Entendre Examples. LoveToKnow Corporation, n.d. Web. 04 May 2013.
Hawking, Tom. "Flavorwire." Brush Up Your Shakespeare: The Dirty Side of the Bard. N.p., 30 Apr. 2011. Web. 04 May 2013.
LaPergola, Amanda. "Bawdy Bard: How To Find the Sex in Shakespeare." The Mary Sue Bawdy Bard How To Find the Sex in Shakespeare Comments. TheMarySue, LLC, 23 May 2011. Web. 06 May 2013.
Smith, S.E., and Bronwyn Harris. "What Is a Double Entendre?" WiseGeek. Conjecture, n.d. Web. 04 May 2013.
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