Posted by Doug on November 24, 2004
In Reply to: Macedon and Monmouth posted by platypus on November 24, 2004
: : : : : Does anyone know where the saying "As different as Macedon and Monmouth" originated from?
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: : : : I've found it! It's from Shakespeare's Henry V.
: : : Thanks for posting and letting us know.
: : Pardon me for being a dunce, but lacking a copy at hand of Henry V, I don't know whether there's any significance in this choice of place names. Is it just that both start with M, but are very far apart geographically? SS
: does it mean the same as "as different as mastedon and mammoth".
I suppose it might to an archaeologist. However, most lay folk would not know the difference between a mastodon and a mammoth, so it might tend suggest similarity. What is the source of this phrase?