Posted by ESC on June 18, 2004
In Reply to: 'long and short of it ' and 'canary'/canaries (shakespeare) posted by Courbel on June 17, 2004
: I need help with a couple of things:
: i)the meaning of 'the short and the long of it'
: ii) the meaning of 'canary'/'canaries'
: this is the source:
: 1) MISTRESS QUICKLY (to Falstaff)
: Marry, this is the short and the long of it;
: You have brought her into such a canaries as 'tis
: wonderful. The best courtier of them all,
: when thecourt lay at Windsor, could never have brought her to such a canary.
: W. Shakespeare
: (Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 2, scene 2)
THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT -- "In sum; the heart of the matter. If you have told it 'long' and told it 'short,' you have surely told it all. Sometimes it was reversed: 'the short and the long of it.' Robert Manning of Brunne wrote in his 'Langtoft's Chronicle' " 'To say longly or schorte, alle (that) arms bare.'" From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).
Canaries I'm still looking for.