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Dogberry

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In Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, constables. Dogberry is a precursor of Mrs Malaprop in his gift for misapplying words.

Dogberryism

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Chris Baldick

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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... , a comically confused misapplication of long words, as when Dogberry claims to have ‘comprehended two auspicious persons’ ( Much Ado About Nothing 3.5.44); later called malapropism. Chris...

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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... Comic misuse of a word deriving from Dogberry, the constable in Much Ado About Nothing : ‘comparisons are odorous’ (i.e. ‘odious’, 3.5.16); Sheridan imitates this in the character of Mrs Malaprop in his comedy The Rivals ( 1775...

Dogberryism

Dogberryism  

A comically confused misapplication of long words, as when Dogberry claims to have ‘comprehended two auspicious persons’ (Much Ado About Nothing 3.5.44); later called malapropism.Chris Baldick
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Anne Button

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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... is a humorously incompetent constable who arrests and interrogates Borachio and Conrad in Much Ado About Nothing . Anne...

Dogberry

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... An officious and ignorant jack-in-office . The allusion is to the ignorant, self-satisfied, overbearing but good-natured night constable of this name in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing ( 1598...

Dogberry

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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...Dogberry n ˈdɒɡbrǝɪ, -bǝr- sp Dogbery 2 ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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... a foolish constable in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing ( 1598–9 ), used allusively for an ignorant and self-important...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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13 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2004
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Dogberry

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In Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, constables. Dogberry is a precursor of Mrs Malaprop in his gift for misapplying words.
Much Ado About Nothing

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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...and Don Pedro that Hero is disloyal, promising to show them a man entering her chamber window that night: Claudio says that if this proves true he will shame Hero at the intended wedding. 3.3 The constable Dogberry, with his partner Verges, gives the Watch comically ill-worded advice as to how to discharge their duties during the night. After Dogberry and Verges leave, the Watch overhear Borachio boasting to Conrad about how he has been wooing Margaret at Hero’s window, successfully persuading the watching Claudio and Don Pedro (placed at a distance by Don...

Seacoal

Seacoal  

George Seacoal is the name of the First Watchman, Much Ado About Nothing 3.3; Francis Seacoal is the scribe mentioned by Dogberry, 3.5.54.Anne Button
Verges

Verges  

In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, head borough or petty constable to Dogberry's constable.
Robert Armin

Robert Armin  

(c.1568–1615)An actor and writer who seems to have joined Shakespeare's company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, by 1599. The author of a book called Foole upon Foole (1600), he specialized in comic ...
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing  

A comedy by Shakespeare, written probably 1598–9, first printed 1600. Its chief sources are a novella by Bandello and an episode in Ariosto's Orlando Furioso.The prince of Arragon, with Claudio and ...
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Anne Button

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015

...is the headborough (petty constable) who apprehends and interrogates Borachio and Conrad with Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing . Anne...

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