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A pound of flesh



The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee just unanimously approved a bill to strike the word "shylock" and "shylocking" from Florida statutes, where it's used synonymously and repetitiously with the term "loan shark."

The word is named after the villain in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, who demands a "pound of flesh" in satisfaction for a debt owed by the play's hero, Antonio. Sponsors: Sen. Eleanor Sobel and Rep. Elaine Schwartz, both of Broward.

The term "shylocking" entered Florida's enlightened statutes in 1969.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:18pm]


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