It's Wednesday again (or as good as), which means another installment of Shakespearean Imagination!
This week marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s baptism, and by extrapolation, his birth! Scholars are uncertain of his exact birthday, but records show he was baptised on 26th April 1564, which would indicate a birthday somewhere 2-4 days prior. Stratford-Upon-Avon officially notes Shakespeare’s birthday as 23 April, but again, there are no official records to confirm that.
In any case, experts agree that Shakespeare was born during this week in 1564, so in honor of the Bard’s 450th birthday, I give you one of my favourite Shakespeare-invented words:
- walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way
- a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner
- denoting a coat or jacket cut with a loose flare from the shoulders
Synonyms as a verb: strut, parade, stride, boast, brag, bluster, crow, gloat, posture
Synonyms as a noun: strut, confidence, arrogance, ostentation, bluster, vainglory
First seen (as the first definition) in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream (written 1595- 1596). The full text of the play may be found here.
For more information on the celebrations around Shakespeare's birthday, there's a whole website here. The celebrations are this weekend!