• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

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Hear ye, hear ye. Alas, 'tis true. April 23 celebrates the birth of one of the world's most celebrated writers of all time, William Shakespeare.

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley did it. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman have done it too! They all proclaimed April 23 Talk Like Shakespeare Day to encourage people to express themselves using words and phrases coined by the bard himself.

Whether thou believeth or not, some of the most common phrases and words still used today were actually coined by Shakespeare himself. In honor of Talk Like Shakespeare Day, why not give it a whirl with some of the talking tips listed below.

  • Replace "you" with "thee" or "thou."

  • Replace "it" with "tis."

  • End verbs such as run or walk with "eth."

  • Fear not. If you are stuck for words, give the Shakespearean Insult Generator a try!

April 23 is also National Picnic Day and Lover's Day.