Happy Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Today marks what would have been the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. Although his date of birth is debated amongst scholars people all around the world celebrate it on April 23.
There are many tributes done in various fashions to celebrate this iconic poet, playwrite. One way you can participate in the festivities is by speaking Shakespersian throughout the day. Here are some tips:
Instead of you, say thou or thee (and instead of y’all,
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 bunch-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.
Have funeth me cousins!