Just a quick question, looking for a quick, one word answer. When you use Shakespeare as an adjective, what do you think it means?
Does it mean quality, as in “Just write me a quick blog post, I don’t need it to be Shakespeare”?
Does it mean sad, as in “Shakespearean in its tragedy”?
Perhaps grand, sweeping, epic? A story of Shakespearean proportion!
Or maybe difficult? “It all sounds like Shakespeare to me!”
Perhaps pompous? “Look who we got here, we got ourselves a real Shakespeare!” Maybe “pompous” isn’t the right word there. Superior?
The easy answer is probably “All of the above”, but where’s the fun in that? Let me phrase it differently – when you hear it, what’s the first usage you think of?