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"Talk Like Shakespeare" Day, but you probably do it everyday anyways

This is a Shakespeare quote I like that I thought would be a good fit for "Talk Like Shakespeare Day" from ShonEjai on Pixabay. :)

You probably don't even realize it, but you probably talk like Shakespeare everyday anyways. A lot of Shakespearean phrases are still part of the common vernacular 450+years later!

History of Talk Like Shakespeare Day

April 23 is William Shakespeare's birthday!

"National Talk Like Shakespeare Day was first launched in 2009 by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which was inspired by another day devoted to talking in character – International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19).  In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed April 23rd as Talk Like Shakespeare Day giving the theater’s efforts official recognition. For more information on National Talk Like Shakespeare Day visit http://www.shakespeare400chicago.com/talklikeshakespeare.html "


"The myth of which we speak is the prevalent idea that the entirety of people in Shakespeare’s day spoke like those in his plays. The truth of the matter is that the speech and spelling used in Shakespeare’s day had very little resemblance to that speech used in his works. It was a sort of ‘stage voice’ that was created to romanticize the play and to lend them greater impact on the ears of those who attended them. Regardless, it has been largely believed in the years that followed that this was the speech of the day."



Some examples of Common Phrases:

“As good luck would have it” — (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

“Bated breath” — (The Merchant of Venice)

“Be-all and the end-all” — (Macbeth)

“Brave new world” — (The Tempest)

“Break the ice” — (The Taming of the Shrew)

“Love is blind” — (The Merchant of Venice)

More on this website:


Another list of Common Shakespearean phrases:

The Most Popular Shakespearean Phrases

  • A laughing stock (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

  • A sorry sight (Macbeth)

  • As dead as a doornail (Henry VI)

  • Eaten out of house and home (Henry V, Part 2)

  • Fair play (The Tempest)

  • I will wear my heart upon my sleeve (Othello)

  • In a pickle (The Tempest)

  • In stitches (Twelfth Night)

  • In the twinkling of an eye (The Merchant Of Venice)

  • Mum's the word (Henry VI, Part 2)

  • Neither here nor there (Othello)

  • Send him packing (Henry IV)

  • Set your teeth on edge (Henry IV)

  • There's method in my madness (Hamlet)

  • Too much of a good thing (As You Like It)

  • Vanish into thin air (Othello)


Here are some more links to talk like Shakespeare:


This is an English to Shakespearean translator. Haha! :)


Give it a try! We are good at this!

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