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What Did Shakespeare Mean By That?
"Some words used in Shakespeare's time are still with us - but mean something *very* different today than when Shakespeare was using them. You might be surprised at how different the meanings of these common words are when used by the Bard of Avon!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Today's Meaning: expensive indulgence that provides pleasure and quality
Shakespeare's Meaning: lust and lechery!
Which word has undergone such a transition?
Today's Meaning: anything from "polite" to "well done" to "acceptable" to "agreeable".
Shakespeare's Meaning: trivial or overly particular
Which word is this?
Today's Meaning: to disturb or irritate
Shakespeare's Meaning: to molest, harm or hurt, cause grief
Which word has undergone this toning-down?
Today's (dominant) Meaning: servile dependent or subordinate (often evil)
Shakespeare's Meaning: favorite, darling (often contemptuous)
Which word now means something a bit more sinister?
Today's (dominant) Meaning: characterized by well-being and contentment
Shakespeare's (dominant) Meaning: fortunate, lucky
Which word is less about luck these days?
Today's (dominant) Meanings: exceedingly bad, or an intensifier
Shakespeare's Meaning: powerful, inspiring reverence
Which word is a lot more about being bad today?
Today's Meaning: waste matter from the body
Shakespeare's (dominant) Meaning: things that grow out of the body, like hair and nails
Which word is this that is a lot more, well, disgusting these days?
Today's (dominant) Meaning: highly talented child
Shakespeare's Meaning: ominous apparition or portent
Which word has a much better connotation today than in Shakespeare's time?
Today's (dominant) Meaning: rapid, with speed
Shakespeare's (dominant) Meaning: alive, lively
Today's Meaning: of the material world, having a material existence
Shakespeare's Meaning: medicinal, healthful
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Compiled Dec 24 12