posted by Stal
on 2009.08.06, under Stal
If ye be yearning for the return of Talk Like Shakespeare Day, there be good tidings from the intersection of Elizabethan English and contemporary events.
In a most excellent three-act drama by the staff of the Boston Globe, the tale of Gates-gate and its eventual resolution through the aid of King Barack and some good ales unfolds. Tis certainly a worthy read in its entirety, but for the laggards among us, here’s a taste:
AXELROD: [...] What here? A saucy tale from Cambridgeham. The Sheriff has arrested a Moor for crimes unbefitting a gentleman.
BARACK: Stupid sheriffs arrest many Moors.
AXELROD: Perhaps in the Chicagoland of our youthful acquaintance, my lord. Not so many in Cambridgeham. ’Tis a most gentil and parfit place.
BARACK: Who is the man, and what is his crime?
AXELROD: ’Tis the Most Exalted University tutor Gates. Back has he spoken to the Sheriff, unbidden.
BARACK: Gates? I know this man. We have supped together on the enchanted Isle of Martha’s Vineland. I have seen him with Lady Oprah, prating about his ancestry.
AXELROD: Perhaps a photo op, my lord? We invite Gates and the Sheriff here, quaff ale in the summer heat, and proclaim peace and brotherhood among all men.
BARACK: And savor tobacco from the Duke of Marlboro?
AXELROD: Not with the people watching, sire.
[ A Tale Told by an Idiot / Boston Globe ]
The bloggers at the IMO Blog currently reside in Chicago, so what is sure to be relevant news to us is the announcement that in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, Thursday will be “Talk Like Shakespeare Day”.
If you do chose to participate (and I know I will) I would encourage you to not mangle the language too horribly by regurgitating the most trite quotes in any tangential context, but rather do a bit of footwork and get into it.
I found a 101-guide for reading Shakespeare although it also includes a great glossary where you might look up a few words to toss into your speech along with some of his more common omissions of letters within words.
Although, if you will just be repeating the couple of quotes you know, please keep in mind the actual meaning of wherefore art thou and consider looking up the quote ahead of time to make sure you got it right as college was quite a few years ago for some of us.
Finally, if you’re more visual you might consider using one of these cool Shakespeare quote icons in your e-mails or online posts for the day. It’s a very cool website that you might enjoy looking over even if you’re not in Chicago.