Listen to What Shakespeare’s Plays Originally Sounded Like

You may think that the language of Shakespearean plays is lovely to listen to, but were you aware that (in a way) we’ve been mispronouncing them for quite a while. As language has evolved, the meaning (or double meaning) behind some of the phrases, not to mention rhymes, have been lost and distorted.

For instance, during Shakespeare’s time when “Original Pronunciation” (OP) was used, “proved” rhymed with “loved” and, if you check out the video with father-son team David and Ben Crystal explaining the differences as well as acting out examples, you’ll find out that Willy was even cheekier than we’ve ever realized.

(h/t Mental Floss)

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