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    Doctor Fell

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the phrase in bold in the following satire is common in your area?

    I do not like thee, doctor Fell,
    The reason why I cannot tell;
    But this alone I know full well
    I do not like thee doctor Fell.

    Doctor Fell = a man who give rise to an unintentional and unexplainable antipathy

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: Doctor Fell

    I wouldn't call it common, precisely, but I would expect a reasonable number of people to understand the meaning, although fewer to know the reference or the (somewhat spurious) story about its origin, and sadly fewer still to be able to understand or recognise the original Latin tag "non amo te, Sabidi" if it was used in conversation.

    (It's a very delightful tale actually, especially for those like me who are Latin lovers in the more uncommon sense.)

    In a bizarre coincidence, considering I was mentioning Heyer earlier today in another thread, I'm pretty sure "non amo te, Sabidi" gets quoted in one of her novels. I'd like to say it was in Venetia, but I'm not quite sure that's the right one. I'll have to check when I get home tonight.

    (Am I totally ruining my forum reputation by revealing my fondness for pseudo-Regency and somewhat trashy romantic fiction?)

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    Re: Doctor Fell

    Hi Tullia,

    Thank you for your refined explanation.

    Regarding to your rhetorical question I will tell you briefly and to the point. Don't ask me! There is another person at the present forum who thinks himself a genius or Zeus the Thunderer. He is a great authority in the field of reputation.

    Between you and me I have a liking for people who know how to take a joke. They are really lucky dogs.

    Thank you again for your kindness.

    Regards,

    V.

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