Monday, April 23, 2012

Methinks

The quotation "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act III, scene II. The phrase has come to mean that one can "insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what one is saying."

The phrase's actual meaning implies the increasing likelihood of suppressed feelings for the contrary of that which is being argued. I.e., the more passionate and fervent the argument, the greater likelihood the cause is a suppression of belief for the contrary argument, and the subsequent confirmation that it is the (actual) truer statement.

Hamlet: Madam, how like you this play?
Gertrude: The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

The Trolls aren't too crazy, Methinks.

4 comments:

  1. Me thinks you are on to something

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  2. Truly something to ponder methinks.

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  3. A much-needed educational opportunity on the psychology of suppression as well as the tendency of trolls to believe themselves quite sleuthy when really they are quite douchey.

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  4. Now I know why I have never read Shakespeare's Hamlet, Methinks

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