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    i would like to know the meaning of this sentence "my conqupine is my cathersis".it was written in antonio and cleopatra by william shakespear and i've searched many dictionaries but never found a meaning so i would like your help .thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by julia123 View Post
    i would like to know the meaning of this sentence "my conqupine is my cathersis".it was written in antonio and cleopatra by william shakespear and i've searched many dictionaries but never found a meaning so i would like your help .thank you
    Welcome to the forum, julia.

    Please check the spelling of the words in your quotation and of the play itself.


    Note that all the letters I have underlined in your post need to be capital letters, and that we leave a space after punctuation marks, not before them.

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    Thanks for your replay and your note i will keep it in mind.
    About the sentence there is no spelling mistakes I've made sure of it.

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    Welcome to the forum, Julia.
    In fact, there are at least four spelling mistakes. Do you want to check again?

    (The word is "reply" not "replay.")

    By the way, I've tried to find that quote in Antony & Cleopatra, without luck. Which scene is it in?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 06-Dec-2013 at 08:13.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    The nearest I can think of is "my concubine is my catharsis", but I can't find that online and all of Shakespeare's plays are available.

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    I found "I am her concubine, she is my porcupine" in a rap. I wouldn't have thought that was relevant, except for julia's spelling of conqupine.

    Julia, those words are not in 'Antony and Cleopatra'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Dec-2013 at 19:11. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Which was written by Shakespeare.
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't find it. That was 20 minutes of my life up the spout yesterday evening....
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't find it. That was 20 minutes of my life up the spout yesterday evening....
    Ah...but what a chance you had to revisit some literature. By the way, why did it go "up the spout"? In the US we say "down the spout", as in water that is wasted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Ah...but what a chance you had to revisit some literature. By the way, why did it go "up the spout"? In the US we say "down the spout", as in water that is wasted.
    That's an interesting question. I don't know whether that's a general BrE or a personal inclination. I suppose I was influenced by the following ditty, learned at my father's knee. I think he learned it in the Army....

    There was a bleedin' spider
    Went up a bleedin' spout.
    Down came a shower
    And washed the bleeder out.

    Up came an 'awk
    Who spied him in his snuggery.
    He swooped down on the little chap
    And tore him all to ...pieces.

    I believe there is a bowdlerised version involving an "Incy-Wincy Spider", without the sad ending. Google it, and you will see/hear that it also goes UP the water spout.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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