HAMLET. How like you this play?
QUEEN. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” (Hamlet act 3 sc. 2)
Tips for Use. Applicable as a valuation on whoever is affected in manners or speech. Excellent and much more elegant alternative to “He/she is full of it”. An especially effective answer to a request for opinion on an affected person, notably some politician, radio announcers, speakers, parsons and evangelists of all colors, etc. Remember that affectation is often the daughter of insincerity.
The target of the quote does not have necessarily to be a woman, e.g. “The Rick Santorum doth protest too much, methinks.” For international web visitors Rick Santorum is an especially obnoxious Republican presidential candidate.
In the play. Hamlet tests the reaction of the queen his mother to the play within the play. Hamlet has produced and staged it to re-enact the murder of his father the king at the hand of the father’s brother Claudius.
Santorum is obnoxious in what way? Methinks you object without an argument. Is he a Bad family man? A bad Catholic? A poor speaker? Have a predeliction to prevarication? Or do you just disagree with his political viewpoints?
William, since over one year has elapsed from the posting of the related blog, I cannot specifically remember the instance that triggered the targeting of the quote. Possibly, it may have had to do with a perceived palpable intrusion of personal religion into the political debate. Assuming I understood your question, such a semi-ironic application of a well known line does not constitute – I think – prevarication. I appreciate your feedback.