William Shakespeare was born, and died, on the same date - April 23rd. Today, 397 years after his death, and on the 449th anniversary of his birth, we celebrate "Talk Like Shakespeare Day." In case you're not aware of how to properly speak "Shakespearean," follow these rules:
How to Talk Like Shakespeare
Instead of you, say thou or thee (and instead of y’all, say ye).
Rhymed couplets are all the rage.
Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.
Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker- blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads.
Don’t waste time saying "it," just use the letter "t" (’tis, t’will, I’ll do’t).
Verse for lovers, prose for ruffians, songs for clowns.
When in doubt, add the letters "eth" to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth).
To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore.
When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say "Get thee to a nunnery!"
When wooing lads: try dressing up like a man. If that fails, throw him in the Tower, banish his friends and claim the throne.