Lenten

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I came across the term Lenten in Act 2 Scene 2 of Hamlet : “To think, My lord, if you delight not in man, what Lenten entertainment the players shall receive from you”. Lenten’s meaning in this direct quote is meager.

I believe Lenten comes from Lent or the 40 days of fasting before Easter which must mean food intake is meager. Not sure though.

Of interest is the meaning of the phrase delight not in man. One who did not delight in man might be called a misanthrope presuming the word man is interpreted collectively as people. Another interpretation is delight not in man means then same as straight or heterosexual.

I remember quite a few of the theater, thespian types in high school and college were gay. So, in an odd sort of way, stage actors that are straight might have stood out a little in Shakespeare’s era.

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  1. Shockingly, Jack Serio attempts to defend high school plays which include the name vagina in its title. I believe there was another one with the name CUNT coarsely conspicuous. Sadly Jack Serio hides behind the label of censorship even though he is trying to protect immature talentless retards who have to get attention with shock value rather than acting ability.
    Not surprisingly, one of the offending high schools was John Jay High School in Cross River, New York where gay sex goes on in both genders bathrooms and the kids are indigant for for being reprimanded post coital!!

    Lisa Flam is another careless writer who gets turned on by uttering vulgarities like orgasm, prick, masturabation, penis,ass etc

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