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WHAT ARE THE RULES?

The Daily Mail got itself in a huff about spelling.
Apparently Top Shop had been selling T Shirts with the quote “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” signed by Shakespere.
The Daily Mail was suitably horrified.
Can’t anyone spell correctly anymore?
Didn’t these ignorant people know his name was spelled Shakespeare?
Well yes and no.
In fact, Shakespere was actually the way he spelled his own name.
At least one of the ways.
He also answered to Shakespeare, Shakspere, Shakespear, Shackespere, Shaxpere, and Shaeaxperre.
All of which sound exactly like Shakespeare.
You see the words and the sound came before the spelling.
Even on Shakespeare’s tomb.
His name is on the tombstone as “Shakspeare”.

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