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Da Bard Meets Da Bears

In honor of Shakespeare’s 448th birthday, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared tomorrow “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.” Quite appropriate, actually, as Rahm himself is well known for his extremely creative use of language. I encourage people to take up his suggestion, but within the limits of prudence: Speak on, but be not over-tedious.

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