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'Don't Expect Me To Call The Day After' And Other Modern Shakespeare Quote Translations

Shakespeare Quotes

First Posted: 09/21/11 09:53 AM ET Updated: 11/21/11 05:12 AM ET

Most of us have been shushed by teachers while chuckling during a Shakespeare reading. When the clown in "Twelfth Night" jested of "well hanged" men, high school English classrooms everywhere filled with muffled laughter. Same story when Mercutio speaks of "pricks" and "pricking," and Petruchio suggests putting his "tongue" in Katherine's "tail."

It's true that one of the Bard's many talents was his ability to mask racy puns with rosy prose. But Scott Roeben's hilarious website reveals possible hidden meanings behind even the most innocuous statements. Here are some of our favorites:

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"Be to yourself as you would to your friend."
Translation: It's OK to sleep with your sister because your friend sure would.

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