Benedick is a notable take on the boy's name Benedict, perhaps best known as the memorable Shakespearean character in Much Ado About Nothing. Latin in origin, Benedick's roots date back to 480AD when it was first borne by Saint Benedict of Nursia. Composed of the Latin words bene, "good," and dicte, "well-spoken," Benedick is often translated as "blessed," though one could easily deduce an exceptionally good speaker. How fitting then that in Shakespeare's hands, Benedick is best remembered for his sharp tongue and quick wit.
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