|National Shakespeare Day|
Shakespeare wrote for all times and for all people. His words are still so relevant.
If you’ve even been ‘more sinned against than sinning’, you’re quoting Shakespeare. The original connection of ‘thick’ with slow-wittedness was recorded in a line uttered by Falstaff in Henry 1V, Part 2, Act 11, scene iv written between 1596 and 1599: ‘He’s a good wit? Hang him, baboon! His wit’s as thick as ‘Tewksbury mustard, there’s more conceit in him than is in a mallet’.
Shakespeare's reference to viscosity and the slowness of mental speed and wit quickly caught on.
The Bard wrote for ORDINARY PEOPLE for many of whom it is an invaluable form of education.
Everything a child needed could be found within the rich language of Shakespeare’s plays which were to become the biggest theatrical hits of not just his era, but ours with words that every child should be honoured to use and be made aware that in doing so they are participating in the longest run the stage will ever know.
Thus it was that schools, state & private, hosted players performing Shakespeare plays whose itinerary was as eclectic as it was varied.
Many of the expressions we use today were invented by Shakespeare, including "tongue-tied," "hoodwinked," "in a pickle," "short shrift," "cold comfort," "dead as a doornail," "milk of human kindness" and "too much of a good thing."
It goes without saying that committing National Shakespeare Day to our calendars will help hugely in young people’s education.