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I dont think the 'commonweal' in the Shakespeare quote is related to the page the link takes you to..?
I guess it relates to something along these lines:
weal (1) "well-being," O.E. wela "wealth," in late O.E. also "welfare, well-being," from W.Gmc. *welon, from PIE base *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)). Related to well (adv.). commonwealth 1470, "public welfare, general good" (from common + wealth); meaning "the state" is attested from 1513; applied specifically to the government of England in the period 1649-1660.
A couple examples
A couple examples demonstrating these sentences would be most useful: " They also contended that there were words with identical meaning already in English. Some of the terms did indeed seem to fill a semantic gap in English". Examples of those with "identical" meaning, and those that filled a gap? 184.108.40.206 (talk) 17:21, 5 March 2011 (UTC)