Shakespearean Language

Write down a sentence that features each of the following words.


alack | expression of alarm

Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye

Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet,

And I am proof against their enmity.

– Romeo and Juliet


anon | soon

See this dispatch’d with all the haste thou canst:

Anon I’ll give thee more instructions.

– The Taming of the Shrew


art | are

Thou art a fool.

– The Taming of the Shrew


avaunt | go away

Avaunt, you cullions!

– Henry V


belike | perhaps

O then, belike, you fancy riches more

– The Taming of the Shrew


beseech  | beg

Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way

To the house of Signior Baptista Minola?

– The Taming of the Shrew


betwixt | between

Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took,

And each doth good turns now unto the other:

– Sonnet 47


cozen | deceive

Lay hands on the villain: I believe a’ means to

cozen somebody in this city under my countenance.

– The Taming of the Shrew


dost | do

Dost thou not laugh?

– Romeo and Juliet


doth | do

Why does the world report that Kate doth limp?

– The Taming of the Shrew


durst | dare

You that durst swear at your mistress Bianca

Loved none in the world so well as Lucentio.

– The Taming of the Shrew


ere |before

And to ‘t they go like lightning, for, ere I

Could draw to part them, was stout Tybalt slain.

– Romeo and Juliet


fain | pleased

I would forget it fain,

But oh, it presses to my memory,

Like damnèd guilty deeds to sinners’ minds.

– Romeo and Juliet


fie | outrage, disagreement

Fie, fie! unknit that threatening unkind brow.

– The Taming of the Shrew.


fool | jester

And paint your face and use you like a fool.

– The Taming of the Shrew.


forsooth | in truth

No shame but mine: I must, forsooth, be forced

To give my hand opposed against my heart

– The Taming of the Shrew


haply | perhaps, by happenstance

And I have thrust myself into this maze,

Haply to wive and thrive as best I may

– The Taming of the Shrew


hark | listen

Hark, Tranio! thou may’st hear Minerva speak.

– The Taming of the Shrew


hath | has

Persuade him that he hath been lunatic

– The Taming of the Shrew


hence | be gone

O, let us hence; I stand on sudden haste.

– Romeo and Juliet


hitther | to or towards this place

Well, bring our lady hither to our sight

– The Taming of the Shrew


ho | hey

What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!

– Romeo and Juliet.


liege | lord

God’s will! my liege, would you and I alone, Without more help, could fight this royal battle!

– Henry V


mark | listen, pay attention

Stand by and mark the manner of his teaching.

– The Taming of the Shrew


methinks  | I think

Methinks he looks as though he were in love

– The Taming of the Shrew


morrow | morning

Good morrow, neighbour Baptista.

– The Taming of the Shrew


prithee | please

Prithee, Kate, let’s stand aside and see the end of this controversy.

– The Taming of the Shrew


saucy | sassy

You are a saucy boy: is’t so, indeed?

– Romeo and Juliet


sirrah | used to address a male below your social status

Sirrah, come hither: ’tis no time to jest

– The Taming of the Shrew


soft | be quiet

Softly, my masters! if you be gentlemen

– The Taming of the Shrew


swain | a country youth, lover or suitor

Too light for such a swain as you to catch;

And yet as heavy as my weight should be.

– The Taming of the Shrew


thee | you

And let it not displease thee, good Bianca,

For I will love thee ne’er the less, my girl.

– The Taming of the Shrew


thither | to there

My father’s bears more toward the market-place;

Thither must I, and here I leave you, sir.

– The Taming of the Shrew


thou | you

Thou art a fool

– The Taming of the Shrew


thy | your

Give me thy hand, Kate: I will unto Venice,

To buy apparel ’gainst the wedding-day.

– The Taming of the Shrew


whence  | from what place

Why, how now, dame! whence grows this insolence?

– The Taming of the Shrew


zounds | expression of surprise

Zounds, sir, you are one of those that will not serve God if the devil bid you…I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are making the beast with two backs.

– Othello



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