A stained glass image of poet William Shakespeare.

A dish fit for the Gods: Four recipes to celebrate Shakespeare’s linguistic inventions

April 24, 2023 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

William Shakespeare, born 459 years ago this week (on April 23, 1564), is known primarily for three things: being an Englishman, a dramatist and a poet.

What some may not know is that he was also an inventor – unsurprisingly, of phrases. Even four centuries after his death, you could be quoting The Bard’s plays and sonnets without knowing it!

PBS Wisconsin invites you to celebrate Shakespeare’s linguistic inventions with four complementary dishes “fit for the Gods” (that’s a line out of Julius Caesar).

In a Pickle

In a jam; in a difficult or unpleasant situation

Salad Days

One’s youth or heyday

There’s the Rub

That’s the problem

Wild Goose Chase

Complicated and fruitless pursuit

Definitions from Merriam-Webster.

Top image: Shakespeare window, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. Window commissioned by George Coppin in 1862, made by James Ferguson and James Urie.

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