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Author: Tastylunch Three stars, 500 posts Feste Award Nominee! Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 597  
Subject: Re: New Name? Date: 8/18/2008 4:39 PM
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First off thanks for the invite,hopefully I can be helpful in some capacity.

Flossary is not a bad name. It's easy to pronounce, easy to spell and easy to remember. All important things to consider when naming something.

that being said I think we can possibly do a little better, if you do decide to change it.

Typically I love portmanteaus as much as the next guy, but they seem to be everywhere these days so maybe we ought consider something different.

Here's some names I thought of, that are a bit different than what I've seen suggested so far.

TouchStone
Yorick

(both of the previous are names of famous Shakespearean Jesters)

Jester's Lore
Fool Trove
Fool Tome

or some other combination of the above e.g. Touchstone's Trove
Touchstone is a pretty cool character if you have read/watched As you Like it. Very merry guy and smart.

a background on Touchstone for the unfamiliar

" As You Like It features, like so many of Shakespeare's plays, a professional clown, Touchstone, and it's worth paying some attention to his role for what it contributes towards establishing and maintaining the upbeat comic spirit of the play. For the jester is the constant commentator on what is going on. His humour, pointed or otherwise, thus inevitably contributes to the audience's awareness of what is happening, and the way in which other characters treat him is often a key indicator of their sensibilities.

Touchstone is one of the gentlest and happiest clowns in all of Shakespeare. He comments on the action, makes jokes at other people's expense, and offers ironic insights about their situation. But throughout As You Like It, such traditional roles of the fool are offered and taken with a generosity of spirit so that his remarks never shake the firm comic energies of the play. When he ridicules Orlando's verses, Rosalind laughs along with him. When he points out to Corin (in 3.2) that the shepherd must be damned for never having lived at court, Corin takes it as good natured jesting (which it is). When Touchstone takes Audrey away from her rural swain, William, there are apparently no hard feelings (although much here depends on the staging). In this play, the professional jester participates in and contributes to a style of social interaction which is unqualified by any more sober and serious reflections. This makes Touchstone very different from the bitter fool of King Lear or from the most complex fool of all, the sad Feste of Twelfth Night , both of whom offer comments that cast either a shrewd, melancholy, or bitter irony on the proceedings. "

from
"Character of Touchstone in Shakespeare's As You Like It." 123HelpMe.com. 18 Aug 2008
<http://www.123HelpMe.com/view.asp?id=16144>.
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