How to speak Shakespearian!

I have just returned from the land of Shakespeare!

I had a jolly time full of triumph and revelling joy!

No doubt that ye is impressed with my newly found language. Thee must learn and so I have included some tips that I found earlier.

Me outside the House where Shakespeare was born!

Me outside the House where Shakespeare was born!

  1. Instead of you, say thou or thee (and instead of y’all,
    say ye).
  2. Rhymed couplets are all the rage.
  3. Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.
  4. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads.
  5. Don’t waste time saying “it,” just use the letter “t” (’tis,t’will, I’ll do’t).
  6. Verse for lovers, prose for ruffians, songs for clowns.
  7. When in doubt, add the letters “eth” to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth).
  8. To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore.
  9. When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say “Get thee to a nunnery!”
  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.

Therefore, according to the above, next time I am bullied by a female (possibly my wife) and her friends, here is what I might sayeth as I banish her and her friends…

‘Thee! Mistress and your poisonous-bunch-back’d toads, shall runneth and trippeth into a hole methinks.’

Let’s just clarify that I would never say this unless I wanted to experience more of the Shakespearian lifestyle and get myself beheaded!

And the message of this blog is… (Awkward transition from story to message on this one…)

Shakespeare certainly had an impact on the British language and theatre! It was interesting to walk in his footsteps and visit the house in which he was born. But at the end of the day, he too was only a man.

The few days in Stratford were great, but it made me wonder what it would be like to visit the place where Jesus was born. What would it be like to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ – The son of God?

Jesus changed the world more than Shakespeare. Jesus has much more of a personal impact to me than Shakespeare will ever have. And perhaps not literally, but in the way that I choose to live my life – I hope and pray that I strive to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

Perhaps, you too might like to walk in Jesus’ footsteps. To live the kind of life that he did. To know what life would be like when God is at the very centre. You can. Just invite him to be involved today.

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About laughingwithtom

Tom Elliott is a Christian Communicator who is passionate about introducing people to Jesus. Tom is also a credible and experienced Comedian, Magician, Speaker and writer, with a heart to use his gifts for the extension of Gods Kingdom. He has travelled extensively throughout the UK and abroad, whilst also being on the leadership team of his home church in Gloucestershire. Tom has been mentored by some of the UK’s most influential evangelists including J.John, Steve Legg, Mark Greenwood, Mark Ritchie, Matt Summerfield, Barry Woodward and more. Through his acclaimed show, Tom captures the attention of non believers through quality entertainment and as a result has been able to share his faith on TV, Radio, Online, in schools, churches & theatres reaching thousands of people with the Gospel. Tom has also taken his work to many large scale events and Festivals such as ‘New Wine’, ‘Detling,’ ‘Gorsley’, ‘Greenbelt’ and ‘Spring Harvest’ Tom is honoured to be an Ambassador for the international Christian charity ‘Compassion’ who work to change lives in over 26 countries that suffer extreme poverty. Toms desire is to see all people take hold of Jesus’ promise of life to the full. On stage and off stage, Tom’s passion for this fulfilment of life is contagious. Tom has been personally trained by expert entertainers and in 2013, Tom contributed to a book titled ‘Does God LOL’ alongside some of the biggest names in comedy, to raise money for national charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’. This book is now available in many good book stores.
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