Hear ye, hear ye! Tuesday, April 23rd, is Talk Like Shakespeare Day!

April 23rd is Talk Like Shakespeare Day across the state! Nebraskans can celebrate the holiday by having fun with Shakespeare’s language. Scroll for videos and activities and check back soon for more!

1. Instead of you, say thou or thee.

7. When in doubt emphasize your actions with the helping verb: “I do” (I do drink enough for two today, I do need you to take out the trash).

2. Rhymed couplets are all the rage.

3. Men are called Sirrah, women are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.

8. To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, or wherefore.
4. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormentors jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads.

9. When wooing women: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say “Get thee to a nunnery!”
5. Don’t waste time saying it, just use the letter “t” (t’is,
t’will, I’ll do’t).

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.
6. Verse for lovers, prose for ruffians, songs for clowns.