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Note to Romeo and Juliet, 2.1.38: "An open et caetera"


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Act 2, Scene 1, line 38.
What appears in the earliest text of Romeo and Juliet is "open et caetera," but editors often substitute "open-arse," which was a slang name for the fruit of the medlar. My guess is that such editors do so as a result of societal prudishness. However, I think it's just as possible that Shakespeare actually did write "open et caetera," which makes the meaning clear, but wittily, rather than grossly.

Medlar and Pop'rin Pear