Feb 2nd 2012

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Shakespeare the Dude

We all know William Shakespeare as the maestro of medieval English, and we tend to picture him in our minds as a nerdy genius. Back in his day, however, he was seen as a bohemian artist with many controversies surrounding his life. Back then, we would have seen him more as a ‘cool dude’ rather than a ‘nerdy genius’.

Shakespeare wrote many plays during his time and even these days, he is known for his flair for the English language. Dr Jonathan Hope of the University of Strathclyde believes that Shakespeare left his legacy more through grammar skills rather than through the words he coined. For myself, I can’t fully appreciate Shakespearean English because of its abstract grammar, but I recognize Shakespeare’s genius and talent.

In fact, Shakespeare’s legacy was not due to his genius alone. Shakespeare lived in a time when the usage of English was flexible. This, coupled with the fact that Shakespeare was a playwright and not a scholar, allowed him a conducive environment to flourish in his art. Being a playwright meant he had artistic control and could be creative and ground-breaking with his grammar and words. Living in a time when the English language was more flexible meant that society would be more accepting of Shakespeare’s work and not write it off as ‘bad English’. Instead, it was known as ‘Shakespearean English’ with reference to his English grammar. Maybe one day we will add a version of Shakespearean English to the existing versions of American and British English that we have on Ginger’s grammar checker :)

Today, we no longer use the English of Shakespeare but his legacy lives on. English grammar has evolved dramatically over the years and the language is not as flexible as before. In time to come, the English language would have changed even more and the English we use today may well become ‘Shakespearean’!

But for our loyal fans and friends, you don’t have to worry about such grammar changes in the English language because at Ginger, we keep up with the times and evolve in sync with current trends. You can say we’re in vogue!

Parting is such sweet sorrow,

Paul and the Ginger Team

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4 Responses to “Shakespeare the Dude”

  1. Darren Whiteley on March 3rd, 2012

    Dont use its wrong and doesn’t work and when you contact ginger by these forms to find out if its something I maybe doing wrong with the software they just don’t reply, how convenient you cant phone them is it. I an total glad I didnt send the letter I gingered the other day as I would have been total embarrassed. This seems to be target at people who really don’t have a clue and would not know if something is wrong or not. would not recommend to a friend at this moment (maybe I will change my mind if they reply)

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    • paulc on March 5th, 2012

      Hi Darren,

      I’m sorry for the frustrations you’re facing.
      Would you like to email me regarding the issues you’re facing with the software?
      I can be contacted at paulc@gingersoftware.com.
      I’ll try my best to assist you.

      Do note that you can raise your concerns and questions to our technical support team at http://www.gingersoftware.com/support/technical as well.

      Hope to hear from you soon. =)

      Yours gingerly,
      Paul

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    • Sandeep on August 13th, 2012

      well sir very intresting and also very imrnotapt to know about the geography the brief concept of geography in kannada from you shall bring awareness and its importence to every one not only to students and teachers.

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  2. George on August 13th, 2012

    For understandig betetr the (black) english humor and their great jokes In this spirt :One day an English grammar teacher was looking ill.A student asked, What’s the matter? Tense, answered the teacher, describing how he felt.The student paused, then continued, What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter ?

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