This is another one we can blame on Shakespeare, that’s ok Will, I still love you.
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar the soothsayer tells Caesar to “beware the Ides of March”. For some reason this caught on and people often celebrate March 15 so I guess they’re celebrating when Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Roman Senate in 44 B.C.?
Here are some more commonly used phrases you may or may not have known came from Will S.
- Hamlet: To thine own self be true. There’s method in my madness. Own flesh and blood. Neither a borrower nor a lender be – used in song on Gilligan’s Island when performing Shakespeare to get off the island, another great plan.
- Julius Caesar: Itching palm – My Grandma always said if you had an itching palm you were going to get money, yes, most likely from her. Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war – not a common phrase, but was used in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, so cool.
- Romeo and Juliet: Wild-goose chase. Star-crossed lovers. What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
- Macbeth: What’s done is done. A sorry sight.
- Merchant of Venice: Love is blind. All that glitters/glisters is not gold. Bated breath. In the twinkling of an eye.
- The Tempest: In a pickle. Fair play. Such stuff as dreams are made on.
- As You Like It: Too much of a good thing. Forever and a day. As you like it. Bag and baggage. Neither rhyme nor reason.
- The Merry Wives of Windsor: A laughing stock . What the dickens – people often think this refers to Charles Dickens.
- Henry IV 1: Set your teeth on edge. Send him packing. The game is afoot – later make even more famous when used by Sherlock Holmes/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Henry IV 2: Eaten out of house and home.
- Henry VI 2: As dead as a doornail. Mum’s the word.
- Henry V: Heart of gold.
- Henry VIII: For goodness’ sake.
- Othello: Neither here nor there. Jealousy is the green-eyed monster. I will wear my heart upon my sleeve. Vanish into thin air. Pomp and circumstance.
- Taming of the Shrew: Kill with kindness. Cold comfort
- Cymbeline: Not slept one wink
- Troilus and Cressida: Good riddance
- All’s Well That Ends Well: Obviously, the title.
- King Lear: Full circle
- King John: Play fast and loose . Cold comfort.
- Twelfth Night: In stitches. Out of the jaws of death
8 thoughts on “Beware the Ides of March”
I read a post on FB today that the person was curious about what Ides of March was and so they looked it up. They were disappointed that it only meant the middle of March.
My thought was that clearly they hadn’t read Shakespeare! 🙂
lol Too true. 🙂
methinks Shakespeare was a prolific fella, and glad I am that he was… (and now I sound like Yoda 😉 ) x
Do you sound. He was a busy guy (or several busy guys if you believe conspiracy theories). Thanks for dropping by. 🙂
Never having been able to read Shakespeare, I didn’t know all of these phrases came from him, but I’m not surprised. Thanks for the education. I’m off to check out the link about Caesar now.
Will S. isn’t for everyone. Glad you liked the post. Thanks for dropping by. Have fun with Julius. 😉
Thank you for reminding me of all the Will S plays i had read and seen when I was at school in the UK. (Yes born and raised in the old country) I had forgotten how many if the innocuous sayings from him we have added to our everyday vocabulary/sayings.
Time for me to dig out my old school books and read them with new eyes 😊. Of the many books I had to leave behind when we emigrated (family of book lovers and prolific readers) my English Literature books were saved! Strange don’t you think? Now my daughter has a growing collection which she sources herself. Must have done something right. 😄.
Blessings, Susan 💖
To encourage reading is always doing something very right. 🙂
Yes, poor Shakespeare so forced on us in school and I think too many people never get past that when really, they do Shakespeare every day without even realizing it. 🙂
All the best, Susan. 🙂
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