Sunday, June 26, 2011

Butchering Shakespeare

Looking for a speech from Othello, I happened upon a website (can't find it now) that "translates" Shakespearian into English.  A sample follows, below:

CASSIO (in Bardish): Reputation! Reputation! Reputation!  Oh I have lost my reputation!  I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.

Hard to, you know, get the gist of that, isn't it?  I mean, what's the fuss about?

CASSIO (new and improved):  My reputation!  My reputation!  I've lost my reputation, the longest-living and truest part of myself!  Everything in me is just animal-like.


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