WOTD: Sith

Not as in Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the. Hm. If Darth Vader were a Shakespearean character, who would he be? I’ll get back to you on that one. Do you have any ideas? But I digress… on to the word!

sith (conj.) IPA Pronunciation: sith

…I do not know
Why yet I live to say ‘This thing’s to do;’
Sith I have cause and will and strength and means
To do’t.
- Hamlet (IV.iv)

Our modern word “since” is used a conjunction as well as an adverb and a preposition, but all the uses I found of “sith” are a conjunction, but there may be exceptions. But why bother? Students these days don’t learn these parts of speech in school. They are taught, though soon forgotten.

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  1. Bill Jan 2, 2008

    I’ll play! If Darth Vader were a Shakespeare character, he would be Macbeth.

    Originally a noble warrior, he is corrupted by dark, magical forces that use his lust for power to goad him into killing his benefactor, and a series of killings that increasingly make him a deranged monster. Pushed over the edge by the death of his wife, he is barely recognizable even to himself. When his tyranny is resisted, he responds with disproportionate violence and suppression. Ultimately, he is defeated by the forces of good, in the form of a kinsman whom he had harmed in the past.

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