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.