In recognition of Shakespeare’s 445th Birthday, this Thursday, April 23, 2009, will be Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Shakespeare is a part of our everyday lives. For more, go to talklikeshakespeare.org.
How to talk like Shakespeare:
* Instead of you, say thou. Instead of y’all, say thee. * Rhymed couplets are all the rage. * Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin. * Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous - hunch-back’d toads. * Don’t waste time saying "it," just use the letter "t" (’tis, t’will, I’ll do’t). * Verse for lovers, prose for ruffians, songs for clowns. * When in doubt, add the letters "eth" to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth). * To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore. * When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say "Get thee to a nunnery!" * When wooing lads: try dressing up like a man. If that fails, throw him in the Tower, banish his friends and claim the throne.
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so; but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- Luke 22:24-30
Christ entering Jerusalem, Giotto, c 1305, Arean Chapel, Padua, Italy The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast** heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12: 12-13)