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    Question 'A plague on both your houses!' Romeo and Juliet

    Why was this such a bad insult at the time?

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    Re: 'A plague on both your houses!' Romeo and Juliet

    Plague is a very bad thing. To wish the plague on somebody is to wish him ill. (The plague was a much more serious problem during Shakespeare's time than it is now.)

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    Re: 'A plague on both your houses!' Romeo and Juliet

    Also, of course, "house" here doesn't refer to a building; it's used to mean "family".


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    Thanks, both of you, for your help.

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