William Shakespeare Language, Vocabulary and Dictionary
William Shakespeare Dictionary
O a circle OAR to row as with oars OBSEQUIOUS behaving as becomes one who attends funeral obsequies OBSEQUIOUSLY funereally OBSTACLE ridiculously used for 'obstinate.' OCCURENT an incident OD'S BODY Oath OD'S HEARTLINGS Oath OD'S PITTIKINS oath OD'S PLESSED WILL oath' OEILLIAD an amorous glance O'ERPARTED having too important a part to act O'ER-RAUGHT overreached overtasked OFFERING challenging OFFICE benefit, kindness use, function OLD great,fine, or pretty ONCE some time
ONEYER a banker OPE open OPERANT active OPINIONED used ridiculously for pinioned OPPOSITE adversary ORDER measures ORDINANCE rank, order ORGULOUS proud ORT leaving, refuse OSTENT show, appearance OSTENTATION show, appearance OUNCE a beast of prey of the tiger kind OUPHE a fairy OUSEL-COCK the blackbird OUT all out, fully OUT-LOOK to face down OUTWARD outside OWE to own
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!