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Today (April 23) is William Shakespeare’s 445th birthday, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daly had proclaimed last week that today would be Talk Like Shakespeare Day in Chicago, since you know, the Second City is known for its high culture and all…

Of course today is the day I wish I had ordered Shakespeare’s Insults : Fie on thee! I knew it would have come in handy one day!

The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre was more than happy to abide and set up the Talk Like Shakespeare website. Using the latest Internet sensation, who else? Twitter! they are even providing a translation service of some sort:

“A live feed straight from the Bard!” Tweet @ShakespeareSays any modern phrase, and he’ll post on Twitter what it would have sounded like four hundred years ago. Whoever is behind that, Bard? is hilariously funny. As of this moment, the latest tweet is:

“Dear Blago: The hair that covers the wit is more than the wit, for the greater hides the less.”

Merry-making aside, in accordance with my persona, I would like to channel Katharina from The Taming of the Shrew… (not just for today, of course, as my poor husband would gladly point out…):

Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak,
And speak I will; I am no child, no babe:
Your betters have endur’d me say my mind,
And if you cannot, best you stop your ears.
My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,
Or else my heart, concealing it, will break:
And rather than it shall, I will be free
Even to the uttermost, as I please, in words.

Shrews FTW!

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