"The lady doth protest too much, methinks." - Hamlet, Act III, Scene II
By "protest," Queen Gertrude doesn't mean "object" or "deny"—these meanings postdate Hamlet. The principal meaning of "protest" in Shakespeare's day was "vow" or "declare solemnly," a meaning preserved in our use of "protestation." (via)
Consider this your Shakespeare lesson for the day. The next time someone misuses this quote at a party, dazzle them with your knowledge of 17th-century English. (If you're at a party where someones uses this quote in the first place, you need to go to better parties.)

"Protesting" is kind of my thing--in both the Shakespearian and modern sense of the word. I have vigorous opinions and I love a good chance to solemnly declare them. This blog is always evolving, but at the moment it reflects my loves of family, feminism, and theology.


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