Monday, March 26, 2012
Clamor: An Auto-Antonym?
Clamor your tongues, and not a word more.See, e.g., the Folger Shakespeare Library edition of this play by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine (1998; rpt. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009), p. 148:
Clamor: perhaps, silence (though the word usually means just the opposite)The Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. clamour | clamor, v.1, neither recognizes this sense nor cites this line. According to Horace Howard Furness, ed., A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare, Volume 11: The Winter's Tale, 2nd ed. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1898), pp. 216-217, Croft conjectured clam, Hanmer (and independently Gifford) charm.