WOTD: Choler

Sounds just like the part of the shirt that is always messed up in the back: collar. When your collar is wrong, you may get full of choler and soon change your color in front of a caller. choler (n.) IPA Pronunciation: anger, rage, wrath HAMLET Your wisdom should show itself more richer to signify […]

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Finishing The Thought

In the recent post, “Now is NOT the Winter of Our Discontent,” I mentioned that people are misreading and misunderstanding verse because they are reading to the end of the line. That’s not right! The end of the page limits the space of a line in a book, website, news article, etc. In Shakespeare’s verse, […]

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WOTD: Caveto

Be careful with this word… just ‘cuz. caveto (int.) IPA Pronunciation: beware, take care, careful PISTOL Therefore, Caveto be thy counsellor. – Henry V (II.iii) This word means caution, related to a term you may be already familiar with: caveat. Good ol’ Pistol, always a careful one. NOT!

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Now Is NOT The Winter of Our Discontent

One of the many Shakespeare related peeves I have is cutting off the end of a line as if it’s a full idea, creating an incorrect meaning. On of the big ones are the famous opening words of Richard III. What many don’t know is that Richard is not telling the audience that the winter […]

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WOTD: Doit

No, it’s not an elided part of a Nike commercial. doit (n.) IPA Pronunciation: small sum, worthless amount, trifle TRINCULO Where they will will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar… – The Tempest (II.ii) A doit was a small Dutch coin that was worth half an English farthing, which wasn’t much. So […]

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Shakespeare and Musical Theatre

At first glance, some might see no real relation between performing Shakespeare and a musical. But look again. I’m not talking about songs that Shakespeare wrote in to many of his plays, but the style of writing and acting. First a little disclaimer: lots of people don’t like musical theatre because it is hokey and […]

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WOTD: Drab

For your cursing pleasure: a Shakespeare diss. It’s a word often asking about because if its use in one of Shakespeare’s most well known speeches. drab (n.) IPA Pronunciation: /dræb/ harlot, slut, whore HAMLET Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave, That I, the son of a dear father murder’d, Prompted to […]

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Show The Histories Some Love

When the First Folio of Shakespeare’s works was compiled by John Heminges and Henry Condell in 1623, the plays were divided into three categories: comedies, tragedies, and histories. Now there are 10 histories total (some say 11 with Edward III, but that’s discussion for another day) and not too many of them are given much […]

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WOTD: Enow

It sounds like a website. “Get your FREE somethingsomething NOW! at eNOW.com!” It’s not. Not that I know of at least. enow (adv.) IPA Pronunciation: enough KING HENRY V If we are mark’d to die, we are enow To do our country loss; – Henry V (IV.iii) Apparently enow.com is a website, I checked. Nothing […]

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Good Night Sweet Prince

We often hear how much Shakespeare has influenced our language, that there are phrases and words we still use today. Often they go unnoticed because they’re so tightly woven into our minds and tongues. There’s one recently however that has been hitting me over the head repeatedly. HORATIO Now cracks a noble heart. Good night […]

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