Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Speaking Shakespeare To The Dog

An new visitor and Anonymous commenter writes, “I’m looking for a word to use when training my new doggie. I need a ‘release’ word to let him know he’s done a good job and may move about freely, or get out of his sit position. Some words other people use include “okay”, "release", "bingo", "that'll do", or "free". I want a kool Shakespeare-like word. Does the Shakespeare Geek have any suggestions??”

Sounds like a fun topic.  There are of course the great exclamations like Forsooth! or Zounds!  but those are just funny words, they don’t really have any context.  What’s a good Shakespearean way to say what the commenter asks for?

8 comments:

Plover said...

How about "cry havoc!"? (';

Harriet said...

That was my first thought, too.

Bill said...

That's fantastic!

Anonymous said...

person who originally asked replies:

Hahaha—havoc of course—plus it has the added bonus of being in the lyrics to some old punk song I used to listen to! Gotta find that old LP….

That really is perfect! Thanks so much! My obedience classmates will be so jealous!

Duane said...

Brilliant! Not only a dog reference but it even makes sense in context. If asked you can explain that that's your command to let slip your dog of war :).

Now you have to tell us what kind of dog you have, you realize - because it's just that much more awesome if you've got like a little Pomeranian or Puggle of War or something.

Anonymous said...

"A dog obeyed in office"

Irene L. Pynn said...

Goodness, and here I was thinking MY dog was smart. ;) This is fantastic.

C. B. James said...

"Cry Havoc!" is terrific. I was thinkin of "Lay on, MacDuff!"