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More Brilliance from The Bard


As a writer, I can only wish my words would live on 400 years after I die. It won’t happen, probably because I’m not as brilliant as William Shakespeare. After all, if he invented all of the following, what hope is there for me?

All that glitters is not gold from “The Merchant of Venice” (originally: “all that glisters”)

All’s Well That Ends Well

As You Like It

Faint hearted from “Henry VI, Part 1”

Fancy-free from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Foregone conclusion from “Othello”

Full circle from “King Lear”

Give the devil his due from “Henry IV, Part 1”

Good-night, sweet prince from “Hamlet”

I have not slept one wink from “Cymbeline”

In my heart of hearts from “Hamlet”

In my mind’s eye from “Hamlet”

Laughing stock from “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

Let’s kill all the lawyers from “Henry VI, Part 2”

One fell swoop from “Macbeth”

Play fast and loose from “King John”

Salad days from “Antony and Cleopatra”

Sweets to the sweet from “Hamlet”

The better part of valor is discretion from “Henry IV, Part 1”

The Comedy of Errors

The short and long of it from “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

The world’s mine oyster from “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

Tis neither here nor there from “Othello”

Wear my heart upon my sleeve from “Othello”

What’s past is prologue from “The Tempest”

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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April 24, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If You Consider Shakespeare a Genius, Read On


My favorite Shakespeare comedy is “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.” I bring this up because my daughter will soon perform the role of Olivia in a production of it. She and I have had many conversations about the play, most stemming from my love of the character Malvolio and who should play it in the production she’s in.

There’s also our disagreement of what is the most famous line from the play. I firmly believe it is “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them.” She thinks it’s the first line: “If music be the food of love, play on.” We also disagree on whether the “some are born great” line actually originates from “Twelfth Night” or if it’s in another play. She insists it’s from somewhere else; I can’t find any reference to any other work.

Regardless, we know Shakespeare has so permeated our language. We know many famous quotes: To be or not to be, wherefore art thou, what fools these mortals be, something wicked this way comes, to thine own self be true, full of sound and fury signifying nothing, et tu Brute, the fault is not in our stars, there are more things in heaven and earth, and so on, and so on, and so on.

But I wanted to go beyond the most famous. I wanted to see how mundane I could get. As today is the 402nd anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, just for fun I searched “quotes you know that come from Shakespeare” to see what would come up. Imagine my surprise to learn all of the following are from the Bard.

As good luck would have it from “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

Bated breath from “The Merchant of Venice”

Brave new world from “The Tempest”

Cold comfort from “King John”

Dead as a doornail from “Henry VI, Part 2”

Devil incarnate from “Titus Andronicus”

Eaten me out of house and home from “Henry IV, Part”

For goodness’ sake from “Henry VIII”

Forever and a day from “As You Like It”

Good riddance from “Troilus and Cressida”

Green-eyed monster from “Othello”

Heart of gold from “Henry V”

It’s Greek to me from “Julius Caesar”

Knock knock! Who’s there from “Macbeth”

Let slip the dogs of war from “Julius Caesar”

Off with his head from “Richard III”

Refuse to budge an inch from “The Taming of the Shrew”

Seen better days from “As You Like It”

The be-all and the end-all from “Macbeth”

The game’s afoot from “Henry V”

Too much of a good thing from “As You Like It”

Wild goose chase from “Romeo and Juliet”

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

April 23, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Spell Fish and Potato


Easter was Sunday, so I thought now would be a great time for a spelling lesson, courtesy of the Internet.

How do you spell fish? Ghoti.

Gh pronounced “f” as in enough, O pronounced as “i” in women, Ti pronounced “sh” in nation or motion.

Next, spell potato. Ghoughphtheightteeau.

Gh pronounced “p” as in hiccough, ough pronounced “o” as in dough, phth pronounced “t” as in phthisis, eigh pronounced “a” as in neighbor, tte pronounced “t” as in gazette and  eau pronounced “o” as in plateau.

Ain’t English grand?

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

April 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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