Earlier today, Stanley Wells wrote on Twitter:
Also I never ever refer to Shakespeare as ‘the bard’. So don’t let me see any of you doing so either.
This set off quite the tweetstorm from his followers, many of whom (myself included) chimed in with admissions of guilt.
I plead innocent on the grounds of technological limitation, though! I’m only talking about times when I use the word bard in a typed form, such as web sites that won’t let me use “ShakespeareGeek”. Or, of course, if there’s a pun to be made. I can never resist a good pun.
Spoken, though? I honestly don’t think I ever refer to Shakespeare as anything but Shakespeare when speaking of him.