Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!
Many of our common phrases come from Shakespeare - everything from "Knock, Knock...Who's There?" to "The Be-All and the End-All" to "Good Riddance". This week, having my son home for spring break, I will quote the origin of the phrase
"Eaten me out of house and home!"
Hostess Quickly (Boar's Head Tavern): He hath eaten me out of house and home, he hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his; but I will have some of it out again, or I will ride thee a-nights like the mare.Falstaff: I think I am as like to ride the mare if I have any vantage of ground to get up.- Henry the IV, Part 2Act 2, Scene 1
I must tip my hat to Professor Ronald Levao, for igniting my love for all things Shakespeare. His was the only class I never missed. Always on time. Always in the same seat. My notes are still tucked safely away in my closet.
**I must also thank Eleanor Brown, for the "Our Boy Bill" which comes from her new novel, The Weird Sisters.