Quiz: Only An Actual Genius Can Translate These 17 Shakespeare Phrases

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Only a real genius can translate these most popular Shakespeare quotes into easy, modern English. Good luck!

 Oct 19, 2017
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"All that glitters is not gold."
It's cubic zirconia.
Even if something is attractive, it doesn't indicate it's real worth.
Most things that look pretty are worth a lot of money.
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"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
The lady’s overdoing it, I think.
The lady means what she says.
This lady needs a job.
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"O happy dagger! This is they sheath; there rust and let me die."
This dagger is happy and I'm going to put it away.
I will die in the future, when this dagger becomes old and rusted.
I'm happy this dagger is here, I'm going to stab it into my heart and die.
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"Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed."
The dead cat meowed.
The drunk cat meowed.
The brown and gray streaked cat has meowed three times.
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"I do desire we may be better strangers."
I don't want to be your friend, I rather we not talk anymore.
We should be kinder to one another.
We should get to know each other.
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"I know my remedy. I must go fetch the thirdborough."
I know what will make me feel better, three birds!
I know my rights. I'm going to get the police!
I know what will fix this, three horses!
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"Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice."
Listen to everyone, but think before you speak.
Listen to people, but don't repeat what you heard.
Give you ear to a man, do not ask questions.
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"Speak softly. Yonder, as I think, he walks."
Shut your face, he's walking away.
Be quiet, I think he's coming.
Whisper in my ear, Mr. Yonder.
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"Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all."
You charming woman, you can't draw.
You lying slut, everything you say is false!
You dismembered woman, you're wrong.
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"Therein do men from children nothing differ."
Men and children are different.
Children have to grow up to become men.
Men and children are the same.
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"Thy food is such, As hath been belch'd on by infected lungs."
Your food is so bad it tastes like an infected person burped on it.
Your food makes me burp.
Great dinner, mom.
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"For you and I are past our dancing days."
We're too old to dance.
The dance was days ago, we missed it.
We're all going to die, RIP us.
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"The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on."
Only the weak are traitors.
If you step on a worm it will go the other way.
Even the small and meek will seek revenge if pushed too far.
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"Et tu, Brute!"
You, too, Brute?
And you, you big ol' brute.
Is it true?
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"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child."
If you are bitten by snake, you will have a thankless child.
An ungrateful child will be bitten by a snake eventually.
Having an ungrateful child hurts more than being bit by a snake.
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"My salad days, When I was green in judgment, cold in blood..."
When I was younger, inexperienced, and didn't understand passion.
When I was a chef, but didn't have the skills.
When I was younger I was closed off.
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"Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind."
Nice gifts lose their value when the giver turns out to be unkind.
Only the unkind give wax to poor people.
Wax is a nice gift for the poor.
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