Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy "Talk Like Shakespeare" Day!

Today is "Talk Like Shakespeare" Day! Here are some guidelines for thee:

  1. Instead of you, say thou or thee(and instead of y’all,
    say ye).
  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.
And if thee'd like to print out and wear thy very own Shakespeare mask, prithee click here


Sue said...

you have WAY too much time on your hands!

Laurie said...

it's me day off, methinks I canst do as I will.

Unknown said...

Methinks, thou art amazing! How canst I getteth my students to doeth this?

Laurie said...

Mayhaps thou canst threaten the jackanapes with an "F" should they fail in the appointed task.

Katie said...

i love the word "prithee"