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Vocabulary in Love's Labor's Lost

Vocabulary Examples in Love's Labor's Lost:

Act I - Act I, Scene 1

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"Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile..."   (Act I - Act I, Scene 1)

The King of Navarre wants to create a "little academe" so that his fellows can pursue wisdom without any other distractions and with such dedication that their fame will spread. Berowne objects to this idea in this passage, arguing that looking in books for wisdom for endless hours on end is painful; he asks why it should be necessary to give up pleasure to pursue pain.

"They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps..."   (Act V - Act V, Scene 1)

Holofernes and Armado are indulging in archaisms and foreign-word importation. Holofemes mixes Latin ("Quare," meaning "why") and English, and Armado uses "Men of peace" as a euphemism for "civilians." Moth and Costard are attempting to understand this linguistic affliction in their own country way, saying that Holofernes and Armado have, like poor beggars, stolen what was left from a "feast of languages."

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