The Grand Duke Glossary Compiled by Tim Riley Pfennig Halbpfennig



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The Grand Duke Glossary

Compiled by Tim Riley



Pfennig Halbpfennig. Penny-halfpenny.

Dummkopf. German for ‘dumb-head’.

Dr Tannhäuser. The original Tannhäuser was a German Minnesinger and poet of the thirteenth century. There seems no special reason why Gilbert chose his name for the Notary.

Speisesaal. German for ‘dining room’.

Sposo. Italian for ‘bridegroom’.

Troilus and Cressida. 1602 play by Shakespeare.

We’re all tiled here. Term from Freemasonry meaning that all present are joined in secure secrecy.

Sausage-roll. A sausage, or a roll of sausage-meat, wrapped in puff pastry and baked.

King Agamemnon. Chief of the Greek army in Troilus and Cressida. Neither a leading nor a humorous role, and not an obvious choice for the company’s principal comedian.




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