William Shakespeare Language, Vocabulary and Dictionary
William Shakespeare Dictionary
KAM crooked KECKSY hemlock KEECH a lump of tallow KEEL to skin KEEP to restrain KEISAR Caesar, Emperor KERN the foot soldiers of the Irish KIBE a chilblain KICKSHAW a made dish KICKSY WICKSY a wife, used in disdain
KILN-HOLE the ash-hole under a kiln KINDLE to bring forth young - used only of beasts KINDLESS unnatural KINDLY natural KIRTLE a gown KNAP to snap, crack KNAVE a boy, a serving-man KNOT a figure in garden beds KNOW to acknowledge
Interpreting Elizabethan / Shakespearean Manuscripts and Original Documents
Vital, but little known, information about the Elizabethan alphabet is essential when looking at copies of original manuscripts of the period - examples of which can be found in Shakespeare's ' First Folio '. Learning the alphabet used during the Elizabethan era will no doubt clarify many questions that the differences of the Tudor / Elizabethan alphabet have raised such as "Couldn't Elizabethans spell properly?" and "Why is there so much confusion with the letters 'u' and 'v' and 'i' and 'j' ?Shakespeare translations and understanding the real meanings behind some of the Shakespeare language in the great plays and sonnets can be difficult. And this is hardly surprising when the expressions and their meanings have been obsolete since the Elizabethan era!