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  • 1 Clifford Chapman // Nov 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I do understand what you are saying here.

    However, the beauty of that phrase, is that it can also be applied in that sense, albeit it was not how Hamlet was using it.

    We could say, for example, in terms of youngsters drinking alcohol before they turn the official age, that their paying due regard to the law, is an activity ‘more honour’d in the breech than the observance.’

    Indeed, I’d argue that many youths would wear that badge with some honour, as did I myself when 15.

    Woud it be valid to say that our taking that phrase onboard in the way we have done, is not much a sign of its being used wrongly but of its great potential and insight?

  • 2 JP Gibbons // Feb 15, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Another example of a dual meaning of this phrase might be “Noblesse Oblige is a custom (or concept) more honor’d in the breach than in the observance”. The meaning depending on who you are and where you are in life.

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