Heather Daley


Location Coleraine, N. Ireland


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    Thank you - very interesting, complicated but interesting!

  • couldn't seem to get the hang of this even when I followed it step by step!

  • Macbeth uses language that is evocative, rhetorical and naïve
    Other characters, the witches, for example, speak in a poetic, rambling, metaphorical way

  • denote, 5,763, earliest 1562, highest numbers seem to be related to religious or biblical books. I don't think denote is A Shakespearean neologism, far more common not in his work.
    Downtrod no matches, down?trod 6, down*trod 7, down+trod 7, down*trod* 14, down*trod*_JJ - don't really know what this stands for. No matches before 1598 and the first is...

  • I don't think it matters if Shakespeare didn't coin all those words - doesn't lessen the impact of his writing!

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    I didn't make it up but I particularly like 'mansplaining'!

  • Counting is not as cut and dried as you would hope - I had a book at University called 'How to lie with statistics'!

  • It seems to be commonly thought that Shakespeare introduced 1700 words to English - this seems highly unlikely - I feel a lot of these already existed and he just recorded them, perhaps for the first time. If he used so many new words the audience may have struggled to know what was going on!

  • got it after a couple of tries!

  • Pray - M 659/million; Collocates - heartily, pardon
    F 1,04/million; collocates - God, sir.
    This would seem to show women in a more subservient role - asking a man for something and perhaps more religious?
    Alas - 0,1,2 229/million; collocates - alas, poor
    3,4,5 54/million: collocates - poor
    5,6,7 321/million; collocates - poor, sir
    All associated with...

  • 'Betwixt' 127 matches in 33 texts. Common collocations 'difference' and 'twain' - which definitely makes sense!

  • Very clear explanatins!

  • Technology really is amazing!!

  • I think the variations can be interesting but unless they change the gist of the play they are perhaps not vital. Having said that though, the spellings (for example) could be to do with pronunciation or emphasis which would be more important.

  • We should consider ourselves fortunate to have easy access to so much text of all types!

  • The parts of the play that could have been copied were possibly minor plot ideas or devices!
    The process of putting on a play today can also include input from the actors , director, designers and producer etc

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    Enjoyed this week even though I'm way behind!

  • I enjoy these little short exercises!

  • ''the most unkindest cut of all” or “more sharper than your swords” sound wrong today!

  • Always thought that 'thou' was just more formal. There are countless examples in hymn etc and other church related writings.

  • It may be am old-fashioned view but I think grammar is generally important - if language has no rules then taken to extremes it could become unintelligible to some of its speakers!

  • I suppose reading Shakespeare has some similarities to learning a foreign language but at least some of the text will be instantly recognisable and familiar.

  • interesting!

  • Some French words are commonly used, cafe, for example .other phrases may be used to imply status I suppose. Most irritating is when an author uses other language phrases with no translation assuming the reader is multilingual.

  • Perhaps knowing if a word is derived from Latin soul help to identify it as a word in common usage of more for literacy use.

  • Shakespeare 's language is that used in the plays as we obviously have no recordings! A lot of people probably think it is flowery and archaic with no relevance for today.

  • Fewer constraints meant that you could focus on the 'story' rather than worrying about spelling etc but this could have led to your audience not always understanding what they heard. This would have been more of a problem if spelling was not standardised in work that was primarily read.
    As a side note I hate the fact that scientists seem to be trying to make...

  • Looking forward to getting started

  • Enjoyed studying Shakespeare at school when we had to learn pages of quotes to support our written exam answers. Compared to other writer's words we had to memorise Shakespeare's just rolled off the tongue. Have seen many and various productions of his plays, both amateur and professional

    Shakespeare seems to use a wider variety of language than is heard...

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    Have always enjoyed Shakespeare's work and learning about his life and times.

  • Thank you, you're a very engaging educator!

  • I enjoyed this although some of the theory was way beyond me! The folding was great although at times very frustrating !!

  • Love this!

  • Still just going to stick to the folding!

  • just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean you should!

  • Think I'll just stick to folding!

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  • This is getting way over my head but I'll persevere!

  • Found it much more difficult with the different colours!

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  • Oh my goodness the feeling of satisfaction when it works!

  • It's like learning a new language - not something I excel at!

  • Managed both but whether Ill be able to do them tomorrow without the video is another matter!

  • Thank you

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    Had to unstick and restick once or twice but got there in the end!

  • Managed the triangle - don't know where to start with the other 2!

  • yippee! finally worked out the triangle1

  • finally got it - I think!!

  • oh my goodness, I think I'm better just folding!

  • Got so far behind I missed the zoom! Have they been recorded?

  • I can see why we need spares, my looks like the dog chewed it!

  • Did it but no idea how!

  • Didn't print quite right but still worked!

  • I loved the first flexagons course I did - so clever how you can make something so complex just by folding paper.

  • loved the first course, looking forward to this one!

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    I enjoyed this course, thank you

  • A four I think. The story has pace but reading it in depth makes you more aware of the uncomfortable attitudes in Victorian Britain. I don't think it is the best Holmes story but a definite improvement on Murders in the Rue Morgue!

  • 'two hundred devils let loose', 'black fiends' - always mentions the colour as if it's the main thing. But later he says 'blue or black...they are in with me' so I guess it depends on the circumstances. If they're attacking you they're the worst but if they've served alongside the British army and going to make you rich then that is ok!
    I suppose the...

  • Can't help thinking I'd be feeling pretty savage if some random white men were trying to invade and steal my land.
    I don't think Tonga was necessarily meant to represent all Andamanese but the general description of the people is less than reasoned. Doyle could have just made a personal description of Tonga rather than make it so generalised to include all...

  • I do suspect the bond, at least in part, may have been based on the promise of a share of the treasure! Tonga certainly has a mind of his own as the crime testifies to his not following Small's instructions.

  • I still read it for the story! The class background is that, context and background. Perhaps Doyle was trying to follow in Dickens footsteps and point out the injustices of the class system.

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    I think it highlights that one class doesn't seem to understand another - this is a much too simplistic reading of it however - class is a lingering and persistent issue in all countries - no society is completely egalitarian - the bias may be based on education, money, heritage, job and so on.

  • Elitism and class superiority isn't just confined to the London part of the story but is also present in the Indian part.