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Some Shakespearean words you ought to know

Some Shakespearean words   you ought to know
Anon
Soon, shortly, presently
Eg: Ham III.ii.272 [Hamlet to Ophelia] You shall see anon how the murderer gets the love of Gonzago's wife
Avaunt
Begone, go away, be off
Eg: Mac III.iv.92 [Macbeth to Banquo's ghost] Avaunt, and quit my sight!
Beshrew, 'shrew
Curse, devil take, evil befall
Eg: MND II.ii.60 [Hermia to Lysander] much beshrew my manners and my pride / If Hermia meant to say Lysander lied
Perforce
(1)Forcibly, by force, violently
Eg:CE IV.iii.94 [Courtesan alone, of Antipholus of Syracuse] He rushed into my house and took perforce / My ring away
(2)Of necessity, with no choice in the matter
Eg: E3 III.i.182 [Mariner to King John, ofthe navies] we perforce were fain to give them way
Prate
Prattle, chatter, blather
Eg: CE II.ii.202 [Luciana to Dromio of Syracuse] Why pratest thou to thyself
Wot
Learn, know, be told
Eg: AC I.v.22 [Cleopatra to Charmian, as if to Antony's horse] wot'st thou whom thou mov'st?

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