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    #1

    have an itching palm

    Dear teachers,
    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
    Will you tell me whether the mentioned bellow Shakspearean’s phrase is in general currency in the contemporary English?
    Brutus: Let me tell you, you yourszelf
    Are much ondemned to have an itching palm.
    To sell and mart your office for gold
    To underservers.
    Casius: I an itching palm!
    You know that you are Brutus that speaks this,
    Or, by the gods, this speech were else your last.
    I have an itching palm = I’m greedy for bribes
    Thanks for your efforts.
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    #2

    Re: have an itching palm

    Your interpretation is correct.

    In modern English we say an itchy palm.

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    Re: have an itching palm

    Hi Rover KE,

    Thank you for your diligence to bring up-to-day my archaic English.

    In this situation the notorious Bible’s phrase “itching ears”, in all probability, has to sound “itchy ears”. Or this is too much “modern”?

    Regards,

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    #4

    Re: have an itching palm

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post

    In this situation the notorious Bible’s phrase “itching ears”,...
    Is the Bible notorious (which the bolded part reads that way [at least to my knowledge of English ]) or the phrase? So, shouldn't it be the Bible's notorious phrase... ?

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    Re: have an itching palm

    Hi ensu,

    I beg your pardon for my mutilated English. It turn out that I made a name for myself as an inexhaustible generator of blunders.

    Thank you for your high professional amendment.

    Here is one more acceptable explanation of the sense of the key phrase “itching ears”:

    Itching ears — Itching ears is a term used in the Bible to describe a person who seeks out messages that please them and fit their lifestyle, as opposed to seeking a truth that might make them uncomfortable.

    V.

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    Re: have an itching palm

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi ensu, euncu

    I beg your pardon for my mutilated English. It turn out that I made a name for myself as an inexhaustible generator of blunders.

    Thank you for your high professional amendment.
    Ok, I myself asked for this by interfering one of your "no one is welcome" threads. But, believe me your reply of false humility and sarcasm mixture doesn't take much of intelligence.

    All right then! I had lots to add but I didn't think you would understand.
    But a good thing that will make you happy is that you won't see any post of me on your next threads.

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