Monday, April 23, 2018
William Shakespeaare (a portrait)
On April 23rd, 1564, William Shakespeare was born. As an adult, he became a popular actor, playwright and poet. See if you know these surprising facts about the greatest English writer to ever lived.
Shakespeare Wore An Earring
Only one portrait of the many painted of William Shakespeare can be traced as being done during his lifetime. In the painting, believed to have been done by John Taylor, Shakespeare is bearded and has a receding hairline, but he is also wearing a gold hoop earring in his left ear. During this period of the English Renaissance, both courtiers and sailors wore an earring, although those worn by sailors were intended to pay for their funeral expenses if they died.
No One Knows How Shakespeare’s Name Was Spelled
During Shakespeare’s life, his name was spelled in every conceivable way from Shakspere to Shaxberd and Shakespear. Only six signatures exist, and they are found on legal documents. Shakespeare spelled his name differently on each one, and on two, he neglected to write his entire last name, abbreviating it instead.
Shakespeare Died On His Birthday
While the exact date of his birth has long been a source of debate, the general consensus is that he was born on April 23rd, 1564, and died on that same date in 1616. That sounds like a huge coincidence, but it turns out, it's much more common than anyone realized. A study released in 2012 found that people are about 14 percent more likely to die on their birthday after the age of 60. Shakespeare died at the age of 52, making him a bit of an outlier.
The Origional Globe Theater
Shakespeare’s Name Had On Amazing Vocabulary
The Oxford English Dictionary credits Shakespeare with adding nearly 3,000 new words to the language. Some words Shakespeare added include arch-villain, addiction, cold-blooded, fashionable and uncomfortable. He also wrote about 1/10th of all often quoted lines either spoken or written in English.
Shakespeare’s Never Published His Works
Two actors published Shakespeare’s collected works in 1623, otherwise, they may have been lost to future generations. Henry Condell and John Heminges were the editors for the collection, called First Folio, which contained Shakespeare’s 36 plays. Only four of Shakespeare’s plays were missing, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Pericles, Prince of Tyre and two other works that were lost in time, Love’s Labor’s Won and Cardenio.