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March 10, 2011
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“X”,the title of a comedy by George Ruggle,was first produced in 1615. The farce’s title character’s name in Latin literally means “we do not know” and is a lawyer who fancies himself to be quite shrewd but is actually foolish and ignorant. the writer may have been inspired in his choice of name for his character by a proceeding in the contemporary English judicial system of his times. The term “X” was once written on bills of indictment when the evidence presented did not seem sufficient to justify prosecution. In these cases “X” indicated “we take no notice of (i.e., we do not recognize) this indictment.” Such a reference would have been most appropriate for Ruggle’s satire of the judiciary.
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  1. March 10, 2011 8:39 pm

    ignoramus

  2. Qrish permalink*
    March 10, 2011 9:38 pm

    ryteo!

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