Ireland's Forgeries Exposed
Edmund Malone was one of the most eminent individuals who went after Ireland’s forgeries. His anger and disgust at the forgeries--especially at their low quality--is evident throughout the book. His evidence of the falseness of the papers was of many types: the forgeries were incorrect in terms of grammar, spelling, social graces and history for the Elizabethan (or any other) age. In short, the Ireland forgeries were constructed to appear “old-fashioned” in the sense that William Henry Ireland imagined “old-fashioned” to mean, rather than appearing truly "Elizabethan."
For example, “chicken” was used by Ireland as a singular word, as we use it now. However, in Shakespeare’s day, one had a single “chick” and multiple “chicken.” King Lear is written as Kynge Leare--a faux-historical inauthenticity that Malone mocks. Some of the materials even refer to the Globe Theatre several years before it was constructed.