Bonus Wordle – Shakespearian Style – Much Ado About Something


This week’s fabulously challenging wordle comes with thanks to Cressida de Nova:

bough distils [*alternate spelling of distills] Owls musk [a strong-smelling reddish-brown substance that is secreted by the male musk deer for scent-marking and is an important ingredient in perfumery| a relative of the monkey flower that was formerly cultivated for its musky perfume, which has been lost in the development of modern varieties| *late Middle English: from late Latin muscus, from Persian mušk, perhaps from Sanskrit muṣka ‘scrotum’ (because of the similarity in shape of a musk deer’s musk bag)] viol [a musical instrument of the Renaissance and baroque periods, typically six-stringed, held vertically and played with a bow] Stained Swagger Sodden Strike tinctured [be tinged, flavored, or imbued with a slight amount of| denoting a dye or pigment|‘imparted quality,’ likened to a tint imparted by a dye] cowslip [a European primula with clusters of drooping fragrant yellow flowers in spring, growing on dry grassy banks and in pasture] Villain


The cast gathered for the first rehearsal, and there was an unparalleled anticipation among the assembled actors.

Arsewipe Guttersnipe had been cast as the villain Maximus Treacherus, and was relishing the fact that after auditioning so many times had landed a role in the latest production of Mr Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Something’ a lesser known and not as popular play as his earlier piece, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

Guttersnipe knowing, he would be among a company of experienced actors had made sure the odours he usually excreted from his work as a cess pool cleaner were covered up by a generous dousing of his body in musk oil.

So, proud was he that it came as no surprise to see him swagger into the rehearsal space brandishing his script, his lines underlined and rehearsed thoroughly.

Gong Turdfetcher, his best friend, had secured the role of the viol player a skill Gong had perfected between stints down the cess pools with Arsewipe.

Gong had put on his best-unstained pants for the rehearsal and like Guttersnipe had bathed himself in musk to make his good self somewhat more presentable.

In the first scene of the play the beautiful Janice the town spinster played Mary Cowslip a small and diminutive woman who pined for the love of Darius of the Owls and ancient and long forgotten kingdom just to the left across the River Sucks beside the gnome forest.

Mary wasn’t all that experienced in applying makeup and had found a tincture that gave her face a more than frightening red appearance. Some thought she was simply sodden with some alcoholic substance and so sought to have her struck from the play but the director Francis Goodfanny would have no truck of such a suggestion and made the main accuser a lesser known actor known as Max the Distiler sit on a rough bough to have him consider the error of his ways.

The play was a huge success and Guttersnipe, and Turdfetcher received favourable mention after each performance, mainly that their smell was not as offensive as might be expected.


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14 Responses to Bonus Wordle – Shakespearian Style – Much Ado About Something

  1. Lyn says:

    As always, Michael, you ability to create wonderful names comes to the fore 😀

  2. I loved your story with Guttersnipe, Turdfetcher and Arsewipe the cess pool workers all under the direction of Goodfanny.

  3. any1mark says:

    Cess pool cleaners, definitely a noble profession skilled at acting. They truly see the worst mankind has to offer. Nicely done

  4. Lorraine says:

    A smiler throughout. Grinning.

  5. scribblersdip says:

    I knew when I was prepping the wordle that you would enjoy this one – and was looking forward to your contribution with anticipation – but I have to say, you’ve outdone yourself in capturing the humour and bawdiness of the bard, with great aplomb, of course! Well done Michael – I could picture the stage and actors, in rehearsal with ease, although my roaring laughter was a bit of a problem as I had trouble keeping myself upright! Well done with the wordle – true Shakespearian style and form – thanks for playing this week 🙂

    • Michael says:

      Well having taught it for a lot of years and directed a lot of interpretations of various scenes I do find there is so much fun to be had with the plays and the language. Did you know many of the plays had shorter versions? So I’m glad you enjoyed my effort. Have a good day.

      • scribblersdip says:

        Not officially – re- shorter versions, but that doesn’t surprise me in the least – sometimes brevity is the soul of wit and circumstances will only allow for so much time etc.
        Shakespeare definitely offers much room to play – and I knew you’d enjoy this 😀

  6. Lorraine says:

    Speaking of shorter versions, I knew a fellow who participated in the abbreviated Shakespeare that presents all his plays in one night. There is a lovely Claymation film by Aardman (Wallace and Grommet folks) that is the bard presenting his works in the same abbreviated form.
    One of the “Shakespeare in the Park” was done all nude males one night, all nude females the next. The bawdy bard no doubt would have appreciated it!

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