A.V. Club Most Read

News Newswire Great Job, Internet!
TV Club All Reviews What's On Tonight
Video All Video A.V. Undercover A.V. Cocktail Club Film Club
Reviews All Reviews Film TV Music Books
Features All Features Newswire TV Club
Sections Film Tv Music Food Comedy Books Games Aux
Our Company About Us Contact Advertise Privacy Policy Careers RSS
Onion Inc. Sites The Onion The A.V. Club ClickHole Onion Studios

Let this 10-minute clip teach you what Shakespeare's plays originally sounded like live

Thanks to the American educational system, most people are at least a little familiar with Shakespeare’s work. And thanks to movies and the modern British accent, most people have an idea about what they think the plays sounded like back when they were first being performed. As it turns out, most people are wrong.

Kottke just posted this fascinating 10-minute Open University video about OP, or original pronunciation, which is to say how the plays were originally spoken back in the day. Some of the changes are slight, but they make a big difference. For example: In Sonnet 116, “proved” is supposed to rhyme with “loved.”

It’s a little difficult to explain, so just watch the clip below. For even more information, check out the Open University course on the subject. Also interesting: Mental Flossinvestigation into when Americans lost their British accents.

Submit your Great Job, Internet tips here.