April 20, 2009

Chicago sets Shakespeare talking day

Chicagoans take heed, be wary how you place your words this Thursday, for the mayor declared it Talk Like Shakespeare Day to mark the bard's 445th birthday.

Mayor Richard Daley said the event is designed for the city's inhabitants to bring the spoken words of Shakespeare into their daily lives, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

To assist with the event, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater has created TalkLikeShakespeare.org to give participants a crash course in the playwright's lingo, including replacing you with thou and the importance of rhyming couplets.

Schools in the Chicago area have also jumped on the Talk Like Shakespeare bandwagon, with many classes scheduled to engage in Shakespeare-themed games and activities.