Do you speak Shakespeare?
For having written so very long ago—were talking about 600 years in the past—William Shakespeare STILL has a lock on storytelling. Now, that's a great writer!
From Macbeth to Hamlet and A Midsummer Nights' Dream to Romeo and Juliet, the Bard never ceases to influence scores of storytellers! But he's hard to get through—not because his stories aren't worth reading, but because they're hard to read! That's right—the English language has changed a lot over the past 600 years and Shakespeare wrote in what is known as Early Modern English. There are some words people recognize instantly, but others that are a little tricker. Just think of them as precursors to the words we've come to know and use. Some words in Early Modern English are root words to those we use today, while others an entirely different meaning!
If you love language and Shakespeare, do you think you can identify some very tricky words written in his era's tongue? If you think you have what it takes, take this quiz to determine the meanings of the words used by Shakespeare and find out how much you really know about his stories.
By playing a Women.com quiz, you will not only enjoy yourself, but you'll flex your mind's muscles too! You're exposing it to new things and while you probably know all the answers here—you ARE a trivia guru, after all—there is a chance you may learn something you DIDN'T know. Wouldn't that be great? And everyone can use a little extra knowledge, don't you think?