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Talk Like Shakespeare Day


Today is the 445th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. In honor of this occasion, today is Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Here are some ways to do it:

1. Instead of you, say thou. Instead of y’all, say thee.
2. Rhymed couplets are all the rage.
3. Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.
4. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads.
5. Don’t waste time saying "it," just use the letter "t" (’tis, t’will, I’ll do’t).
6. Verse for lovers, prose for ruffians, songs for clowns.
7. When in doubt, add the letters "eth" to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth).
8. To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore.
9. When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say "Get thee to a nunnery!"
10. When wooing lads: try dressing up like a man. If that fails, throw him in the Tower, banish his friends and claim the throne.

Forsooth, 'tis a pity methinks, if no one deigns to understandeth me. Link -via the Presurfer

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lol@Meg!

So true! After weeks on Renaissance Faire and Shakespeare festivals, I once answered 'Aye', when asked if I wanted fries with my Big Mac.
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Renaissance Fair Speak (fake Elizabethan) uses the same rules but adds that sentence structure is more like... well, try talking like Yoda but with an English accent. And no cockney!
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