Shakespeare on Those Who are Thick with It

wit as thick as tewkesbury mustard“…his wit is as thick as Tewkesbury mustard!”
(King Henry IV p2, act 2, sc. 4)

Comments.  Excellent comeback especially appropriate for people who think of themselves as being witty when they are not.  One such category is that of the critics, who, according to Anton Checkhov “…are like horse-flies which prevent the horse from ploughing.”  While for Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), “Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense.” Tewkesbury mustard was developed in the Cotswold town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire and gained notoriety in the 17th Century becoming a staple condiment of the kitchens of the time. Mrs. Darlington’s Tewkesbury is made with fresh horseradish. More specifically the ingredients are: Dijon Mustard (85%) (Water, Mustard Seeds, Vinegar, Salt, Antioxidant (Citric Acid)), Fresh Horseradish (15%). To know more refer to the link on the image source.
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In the play. Falstaff’s opinion of Poins’ intelligence. Tewkesbury is a town in Gloucestershire, at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Severn. Tewkesbury mustard is horseradish mustard. In turn, Poins doesn’t have much of an opinion of Falstaff (see entry of July 8, 2012)

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