Thursday, April 23

"Ay, prithee. Talketh like me"

LINK - Mayor Daley has proclaimed it "Talk like Shakespeare Day" in Chicago.

Instead of the stereotypical Chicago "da" for "the",

(thanks Saturday Night Live)

I suspect it will be replaced with a much erudite sounding "tis".


In case you didn't understand the title...

Prithee: 'please', 'if you don't mind'

Example from Shakespeare:
'Ay; prithee, sing.' - Orsino to Feste, asking him to sing. (Twelfth Night)


or the real thing.

This is Christopher the Insulter. I've seen him at our local Ren Faire. He gets a person up on stage and then the audience pays him money to insult the victim. We got Clint up there - he was so much fun, Christopher made more money on him than anyone else that day.

The following word could have come out of a Harry Potter novel...

Huggermugger: a secret act done too quickly, without thinking it through.

Example from Shakespeare:
'And we have done but greenly in huggermugger to inter him' - Claudius regretting having buried Polonius in such a hurry in secret. (Hamlet)

And some insults I thought humorous....
Shakespeare Insult 1 - The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Thou subtle, perjur'd, false, disloyal man!

Shakespeare Insult 2 - As You Like It

Thou art like a toad; ugly and venemous.

Shakespeare Insult 3 - The Tempest

Thine forward voice, now, is to speak well of thine friend; thine backward voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract.

Shakespeare Insult 4 - Measure For Measure

Thou art a flesh-monger, a fool and a coward.

Shakespeare Insult 5 - All's Well That Ends Well

A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.

Shakespeare Insult 6 - Cymbeline

Thy tongue outvenoms all the worms of Nile.

Shakespeare Insult 7 - Henry IV Part 2

You scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian! I'll tickle your catastrophe!

Shakespeare Insult 8 - All's Well That Ends Well

Methink'st thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee.

Shakespeare Insult 9 - Macbeth

Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, Thou lily-liver'd boy.

Shakespeare Insult 10 - Troilus and Cressida

Thou art as loathsome as a toad.

Shakespeare Insult 11 - Macbeth

Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, Thou lily-liver'd boy.

Shakespeare Insult 12 - Henry IV Part 1

Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch!

Shakespeare Insult 13 - Measure for Measure

A flesh monger, a fool, and a coward.

1 comment:

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