Prithee heed this public service announcement
23 April 2009
O ye celebrants of Talk Like Shakespeare Day, commit not murder most foul against the Queen’s English, and remember the following oft-neglected points:
- Contrary to that Web site’s counsel, “thou” is the pronoun for the singular second-person nominative case (“Thou art a fool”) and “thee” is the objective case (“She hath made a fool of thee”).
- “Wherefore” is no synonym for “where”, but rather, “why”. When Juliet asks “wherefore art thou Romeo”, she seeks not his current address.
God bless us, every one. (Whoops. Wrong century.)