By Michael Macrone
The San Francisco Chronicle referred to as this wonderful and informative consultant to the Bard's most famed and quotable expressions "delightful...a gem." From "salad days" to "strange bedfellows," the impressive legacy of William Shakespeare lives on in our daily vocabulary. every one access contains the unique that means of the observe or expression, the play or poem within which apparently, which personality spoke it, and the way it's used this present day. Cross-referenced for simple use; black-and-white line drawings by way of Tom Lulevitch.
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The "ides" of March is the fifteenth; which day of the month the ides is depends on a complicated system of calculation Caesar himself established when he instituted the Julian calendar, a precursor of our own. The ides of January, for exampie, is the thirteenth; the ides of March, May, July and October is the fifteenth. The importance of the ides of March for Caesar is that it is the day he will be assassinated by a group of conspirators, including Brutus and Cassius. Despite numerous and improbable portents—the soothsayer's warning, some fearsome thunBrush Up Your Shakespeare!
Budge an Inch. HOSTESS: You will not pay for the glasses you have burst? SLY: No, not a denier. Go by, Saint Jeronimy! go to thy cold bed, and warm thee. HOSTESS: I know my remedy; I must go fetch the thirdborough. [Exit] SLY: Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer him by law. I'll not budge an inch, boy; let him come and kindly. [Falls asleep] THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Induction, scene 1 , 7 - 1 5 'Til not budge an inch" is the greatest contribution the tinker Christopher Sly has made to everyday English.
COSTARD: O, they have liv'd long on the alms-basket of words. LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST Act 5, scene 1, 3 2 - 3 9 Brush Up Your Shakespeare! 37 The schoolmaster Holofernes and the braggart soldier Don Armado engage in their favorite affectation: perversion of speech and indulgence in "ink-horn terms"—studied archaisms and foreign importations. " Their mottled patchwork of dialects is like an indiscriminate hodgepodge of discards from discrete courses. An "alms-basket" is a basket used to collect charitable donations for the poor; Armado and Holofernes have long dipped into it for their hand-me-down discourse.
Brush Up Your Shakespeare! by Michael Macrone