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Many of Shakespeare's quotes and even, due to the language interpretation today, his words are misconstrued. Here is one of my favorite ones and Shakespeare's actual intent.


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Shakespeare's plays written in English can be misinterpreted after 400 years but Christians still stand by a bible written in Hebrew/Greek thousands of years ago and translated thousands of times. 🤔

Ashley6245 Level 4 Feb 5, 2019

Good point.


"Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?"

WilliamFleming Level 7 Feb 5, 2019

In this case, it is the context that is misconstrued, not the words themselves. The word have not changed meaning.

But there are indeed numerous instances in Shakespeare and other contemporary and near-contemporary (eg KJV) works where the words themselves have changed meaning.

John_Tyrrell Level 7 Feb 5, 2019



As a retired lawyer, I thank you for the clarification! smile001.gif

BestWithoutGods Level 7 Feb 5, 2019

👍😀 Having taught Shakespeare at an independent school, I had a tee shirt with the quote and wore it sometimes to sporting events to watch my kids, knowing the lawyer parents would misconstrue it. I never told them any different, til now.


"O Romeo, Romeo,wherefore art thou Romeo?" always amuses me when people think Juliet is just wondering "where he at".

greyeyed123 Level 6 Feb 5, 2019

Whyfore , might be clearer. or " for why ".

@FableAce not needed because at the time everyone knew its meaning

@Beowulfsfriend I was thinking for a modern audience , while still keeping the nuance.

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