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Interesting and unusual words used by the bard, including the definition, and a quote

Word of the day: Amain

Amain, a plain, a canail… wait a minute. That’s not how it goes. amain adv. IPA Pronunciation: at full force or speed MESSENGER His soldiers spying his undaunted spirit A Talbot! a Talbot! cried out amain And rush’d into the bowels of the battle. – Henry VI, Part 1 (I.i) There’s a certain economy about […]

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Word Of The Day: Whiffler

Whiffler, famous for painting a portrait of his mother. Whiffler’s Mother. Wow… that was a lame joke. whiffler (n.) IPA Pronunciation: armed processional attendant CHORUS Behold, the English beach Pales in the flood with men, with wives and boys, Whose shouts and claps out-voice the deep mouth’d sea, Which like a mighty whiffler ‘fore the […]

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WOTD: Puissance

This is one of those words that some readers/listeners will come across and think “WTF mate?” I shall expound all for you now! puissance (n.) IPA Pronunciation: power, might, force ARCHBISHOP OF YORK That he should draw his several strengths together And come against us in full puissance, Need not be dreaded. – Henry IV, […]

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WOTD: Runagate

This one’s fun to use. It rolls off the tongue easily in order to use this word to badmouth someone. runagate (n.) IPA Pronunciation: fugitive, runaway, vagabond CLOTEN I cannot find those runagates; that villain Hath mock’d me. I am faint. – Cymbeline (IV.ii) Feel free to use this word as an insult. You’ll look […]

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WOTD: Cogitation

Here’s a word not quite unique to Shakespeare, but you won’t find it in use too often. cogitation (n.) IPA Pronunciation: thought, contemplation CASSIUS Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your passion; By means whereof this breast of mine hath buried Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations. – Julius Caesar (I.ii) This word takes some […]

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WOTD: Askance

You can’t look askance from this word. You’ll come across it sooner or later! askance (adv., v.) IPA Pronunciation: (v.) to turn aside, to divert (adv.) sideways, surreptitiously OR with disdain, maliciously, scornfully PETRUCHIO Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance, Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will, – The Taming of […]

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WOTD: Diadem

I don’t know exactly what it is about this word, but it’s one of my favorites. diadem (n.) IPA Pronunciation: crown HAMLET A cutpurse of the empire and the rule, That from a shelf the precious diadem stole, And put it in his pocket! – Hamlet (III.iv) The word just has such a regal sound […]

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WOTD: Hoise

Bring in da hoise, brink in da funk. Wait, you can’t bring in a verb. That makes no grammatical sense but it sounds cool, right? Shakespeare could probably pull it off. I’m no Shakespeare. hoise (v.) IPA Pronunciation: hoist, remove BUCKINGHAM And all together, with the Duke of Suffolk, We’ll quickly hoise Duke Humphrey from […]

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WOTD: Mickle

Anything that rhymes with ‘pickle’ is worth mentioning. Especially in Shakespeare. mickle (adj.) IPA Pronunciation: /mIkl/ great, much, large DROMIO OF EPHESUS O villain! thou hast stolen both mine office and my name. The one ne’er got me credit, the other mickle blame. – Comedy of Errors (III.i) I’ll give you a nickel and tickle […]

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