Hark thee! ‘Tis Talk like Shakespeare Day!

National Talk Like Shakespeare Day, April 23, honors playwright, poet, actor, and writer William Shakespeare. Although, his birthday is questionable, many scholars suggest it was April 23, 1564. Truly happenstance, Shakespeare passed on the same day 52 years later!

This holiday was first declared by Chicago Mayor Daley on the 445th anniversary of the famous playwright’s birth. Shakespeare is best known for his plays: Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear among many others.

Shakespeare is credited for contributing hundreds of written words and phrases to the English language including: ode, manager, bandit, bedazzled, uncomfortable, in a pickle, green-eyed-monster, rant, swagger.

Gather thee with merriment and talketh like Shakespeare today! How doth thy learn? Here are some hints to tryeth:

  • Thou, thee, or ye – Should be used instead of you or your
  • Hast – Should be used instead of “have”
  • ‘Tis, ‘Twas or T’will – Should be used instead of including the whole word “it”
  • Add “eth” – to the end of verbs
  • Speak in rhyming couplets – “Did my heart love till now? Foreswear it, sight. For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” – Romeo & Juliet
  • Cranker-rose or cranker-blossom – Used as insult or in place of cursing
  • Doth – Should be used instead of do or does
  • Drop letters – Such as “ne’er” “o’” “wand’ring” “ev’n”
  • Hark – Should be used instead of “listen”


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