Thursday, July 23, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
After noticing that Merchant of Venice was entered into the Stationers Register on July 22, I wondered (not for the first time) about what other days of significance there are for Shakespeare geeks? Granted this isn't a particularly significant one, but it's fun for context (and makes you wonder about the dates of all the other plays).
Has anybody ever attempted to compile something like this? Should we? Lord knows that whenever you walk into a bookstore around Christmas time there's table upon table of calendars for every possible bit of trivia. Why not something for the Shakespeareans?
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But! The creators of this tool, Leicester Square Box Office, emailed me to talk about it. My first thought was, "If these guys are interested in dialects they should talk to Ben Crystal." Well, they already had:
“… every modern spoken English accent is a descendant of Shakespeare’s London accent, so when people go and hear it they tend to say ‘oh, that sounds a bit like where we come from’. They’re hearing the echo or the glimmer of their own accent’s decedent or ancestor. That means that it’s relatable…”They've also got a classic "words and phrases that came from Shakespeare" quiz that, I'm ashamed to say, I found pretty difficult. The "which phrase came from Shakespeare" bit is easy, but half the questions are archaic Shakespeare-only words that you have to define. Which is really somewhat contrary to their mission, if you think about it? What's the point of saying "look at all the words we use today that came from Shakespeare" alongside "look at all the words Shakespeare used that we don't use anymore"?
Anyway, here's a link to the quiz. See you how do. I only got 10/15.
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