It's Wednesday again, which means another installment of Shakespearean Imagination!
On April 14th, 1865, American President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate supporter. Lincoln died the following morning (April 15th). My plan was to post all the details of that fateful day, but the events that unfolded on Monday at the Boston Marathon has given new meaning to today’s word.
- Murder (of a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons
- Destruction or treacherous injury
- A false accusation or malicious misrepresentation of someone’s words or actions
Synonyms (first meaning): murder - slaying - execution - killing - slaughter - purge - hit - removal - elimination - homicide - liquidation
Synonyms (second/third meanings): blackwash - character assassination - calumniation - calumny - defamation - hatchet job - traducement - obloquy
First seen in Shakespeare's Macbeth (written 1605 - 1606). The full text of the play may be found here.
To find out more information about Abraham Lincoln, start here.
(Interestingly, April 15th is also the anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. To read more about that tragic event, start here.)
There’s a lot of misinformation being spread about Monday’s tragedy in Boston. For the most current information about the Marathon itself, start here. For the most official information on the ongoing investigation, I’d recommend starting with either the Massachusetts website (here) or the City of Boston website (here). For those wishing to help, a fund has been set up to help the victims. You can learn about The One Fund Boston here.
A/N: I may split my time in different countries, but Boston is – and always will be – my home. Stand strong, Boston. I have never been prouder of you than in this moment.
And, to end on a lighter note, I will quote something another Bostonian recently posted (which may only be funny to locals, but): Keep cahm and carry ahn.