- Instead of you, say thou. Instead of y’all, say thee.
- Rhymed couplets are all the rage.
- Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin. [nerd note: sirrah is actually a form of address for a servant or underling]
- Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads.
- Don’t waste time saying "it," just use the letter "t" (’tis, t’will, I’ll do’t).
- Verse for lovers, prose for ruffians, songs for clowns.
- When in doubt, add the letters "eth" to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth).
- To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore.
- When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say "Get thee to a nunnery!"
- When wooing lads: try dressing up like a man. If that fails, throw him in the Tower, banish his friends and claim the throne.
I have a few additions to add to the official list:
- If someone is rude to you, throw down a glove (or gauntlet) as an invitation to duel.
- Say "anon" instead of soon.
- Feel free to go off on an extended soliloque about Queen Mab, the fates or other mystical forces if the mood strikes.
- Know a slob, refer to him/her as "Falstaff" for the day
- If you take a wrong turn, get stuck in traffic or any other minor annoyance comes up, declare "I am fortune's fool!" It's oddly cathartic.
- Use "art" instead of are.
- Refrain from taking any boat trips. You may very well end up on washing ashore on an unknown land.
- Refer to friends as "good cousin"
- Use "morrow" instead of tomorrow
- Not that you would ever flick someone off, but just in case, "bite your thumb" instead.
(Excuse the fact that most of my suggestions are from the "not-so-kind" Shakespeare catalog.)
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Thou shalt cherish it anon, good cousin.