Talk Like Shakespeare Day

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

View the Governor's proclamation


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 to participate!

Talk Like Shakespeare: How To Get Started

1. Instead of you, say thou or thee.

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

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

4. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormentors jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back'd toads.

5. Don't waste time saying "it," just use the letter "t" (t'is, t'will, I'll do't) 

6. Rhyming couplets are all the rage.

7. 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).

8. To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, or wherefore.

9. When wooing, try comparing her to a summer's day or catch his eye by dressing in drag.

10. When in doubt, add the letter "eth" to the end of words (she runneth, she trippeth, she falleth).

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