WOTD: Yerk

Yerk yerk yerk! It’s fun to say. It almost sounds like a word Dr. Seuss would write. YERK! yerk (v.) IPA Pronunciation: thrust, strike, beat MONTJOY …and their wounded steeds Fret fetlock deep in gore and with wild rage Yerk out their armed heels at their dead masters, Killing them twice. – Henry V (IV.vii) […]

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WOTD: Hilding

Here’s a word I was asked to define today while in a rehearsal for a production Romeo and Juliet I am “voice/text coaching,” it’s also another word you can use to badmouth someone. hilding (n. or adj.) IPA Pronunciation: worthless, good-for-nothing CAPULET Out on her, hilding! – Romeo and Juliet (III.v) Thou art a hilding […]

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Wherefore art thou ignorant?

If I decided to make a Word-of-the-Millenium category, this word would be the only entry: WHEREFORE. It means WHY! NOT WHERE! Juliet is asking “Why are you ‘Romeo’? Why not have a different name?” etc. Not “where are you”. This word has been used incorrectly everywhere for as long as I can remember. People love […]

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Blood and the Bard = Bad?

While reading a post on another Shakespeare Blog (I’m not the only one!) I found an interesting post that sparked some interest: Bloody Good Shakespeare? – The Shakespeare Blog. You should see my reply underneath the post. The post brings up a good question: “Does blood and gore have a place in Shakespearean production?” My […]

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WOTD: Sith

Not as in Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the. Hm. If Darth Vader were a Shakespearean character, who would he be? I’ll get back to you on that one. Do you have any ideas? But I digress… on to the word! sith (conj.) IPA Pronunciation: since HAMLET …I do not know Why yet I live […]

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The new year approaches

With 2008 only hours away, a time of reflection seems appropriate. No, I won’t tell you about my year. But I’m definitely thinking about it and I’m sure you’re thinking of yours too. With a new beginning comes new possibilities. Shakespeare wrote about characters who had so much in front of them. The choices they […]

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WOTD: Deceptious

The great part about Shakespeare’s language is that it contains certain uncommon words that are fun on the tongue. deceptious (adj.) IPA Pronunciation: deceptive, deceiving TROILUS As if those organs had deceptious functions – Troilus and Cressida (V.ii) Deceptious is among the list of words in Shakespeare that is very similar to a modern word […]

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WOTD: Periapt

There is no immediate significance to me choosing the word. It was a completely random selection. Or maybe it was fate. Who can tell for sure? periapt (n.) IPA Pronunciation: charm, amulet, talisman JOAN Now help, ye charming spells and periapts – Henry VI, Part 1 (V.iii) Joan? That’s not a Shakespearean name. Of course […]

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Bardophobia: where is the cure?

People of all ages these days strongly dislike Shakespeare, and it’s not just that they’ve had a lot of experience with his works and decide they don’t like it – they have been brought up to fear Shakespeare. It’s human nature to be afraid of what you don’t understand, but this is ridiculous. Students in […]

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WOTD: Jackanape

Modern insults are rather uncreative. Our vocabulary has become drab and boring when you want to make yourself feel better by making someone else feel worse. Today’s word of the day aims to solve that problem. jackanape (n.) IPA Pronunciation: buffoon, monkey DIANA That jackanapes with scarfs: why is he melancholy? -All’s Well That Ends […]

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