Tomorrow, Thursday, April 23, is “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.”
Here are two resources to help you make the day as fun as can be and pay the proper homage to the Bard:
The official Talk Like Shakespeare page
The Shakespearean Insults Generator (I know, I know, the Bard did it without the help of computers, but you’re not the Bard!)
Here are some tips to make the day fun, taken from the Talk Like Shakespeare home page:
- 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 tormentersjackanapes 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 withmethinks, 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.