The Eloquent Shakespeare

A Pronouncing Dictionary for the Complete Dramatic Works with Notes to Untie the Modern Tongue by Gary Logan Have you ever read one on Shakespeare’s works and not known how … Continue Reading ⇒

Trevor Nunn on American Accents

Trevor Nunn, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, wants to do a production of Shakespeare with an all-American cast, reports Nunn says, “There is a different energy … Continue Reading ⇒

Word of the day: Amain

Amain, a plain, a canail… wait a minute. That’s not how it goes. amain adv. IPA Pronunciation: at full force or speed MESSENGER His soldiers spying his undaunted spirit A … Continue Reading ⇒

Word Of The Day: Whiffler

Whiffler, famous for painting a portrait of his mother. Whiffler’s Mother. Wow… that was a lame joke. whiffler (n.) IPA Pronunciation: armed processional attendant CHORUS Behold, the English beach Pales … Continue Reading ⇒

WOTD: Puissance

This is one of those words that some readers/listeners will come across and think “WTF mate?” I shall expound all for you now! puissance (n.) IPA Pronunciation: power, might, force … Continue Reading ⇒

WOTD: Runagate

This one’s fun to use. It rolls off the tongue easily in order to use this word to badmouth someone. runagate (n.) IPA Pronunciation: fugitive, runaway, vagabond CLOTEN I cannot … Continue Reading ⇒

WOTD: Cogitation

Here’s a word not quite unique to Shakespeare, but you won’t find it in use too often. cogitation (n.) IPA Pronunciation: thought, contemplation CASSIUS Then, Brutus, I have much mistook … Continue Reading ⇒

WOTD: Askance

You can’t look askance from this word. You’ll come across it sooner or later! askance (adv., v.) IPA Pronunciation: (v.) to turn aside, to divert (adv.) sideways, surreptitiously OR with … Continue Reading ⇒

WOTD: Diadem

I don’t know exactly what it is about this word, but it’s one of my favorites. diadem (n.) IPA Pronunciation: crown HAMLET A cutpurse of the empire and the rule, … Continue Reading ⇒