[Ads-l] mole = spy antedating (?)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Tue Dec 8 13:21:44 UTC 2015

Possible (under)foot note:
A Country Controversy: The Gardener; The Molecatcher
May, 1581
performed before Elizabeth I at Theobalds in Hertfordshire, home of William Cecil, Lord Burghley
and written by...
Shakespeare, um, according to Mark Griffiths,
and by others according to others
and reprinted in 
Country Life, May 27, 2015 p.68.

Stephen Goranson

From: American Dialect Society <...> on behalf of Baker, John <...>
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Subject: Re: [ADS-L] mole = spy antedating (?)

Note that Wikipedia says that  the term mole was applied to spies in the book Historie of the Reign of King Henry VII written in 1626 by Sir Francis Bacon.  I have not confirmed this.

John Baker

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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