I’ve always heard that the way Appalachian Mountain folks speak is as close to Shakespearean English as you’re going to get without a time machine, and a whole lot closer than the way actors at the Royal Shakespeare Company talk. (Maybe that’s why I put so much Shakespeare quoting into my Laura Fleming mysteries.) But the truth is, even folks who are mighty fond of the Bard can have a hard time following every thing he says, so I thought this quiz would help translate Billy’s words into the kind of English regular people use. At least they talk like this where I come from.
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