What is the meaning of ‘honorificabilitudinitatibus’?

According to scholars, this is the longest word used by Shakespeare in any of his plays. The word is used by Costard in Act V of ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’. The word means ‘state of being able to achieve honours’. People who believe that it was Francis Bacon who wrote all of Shakespeare’s plays argue that the word ‘honorificabilitudinitatibus’ is an anagram for “Hi ludi, F. Baconis nati, tuiti orbi”. It means, “These plays, F. Bacon’s offspring, are preserved for the world.”

Source: ‘Know Your English’ – “The Hindu”  on Dec. 18, 2007


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