A-Z of Shakespeare – L


Today’s Shakespearean word of the day is… loggets

L - loggets

Loggets is a game in which sticks are thrown at a stake, with the one closest to the stake the winner – the same principle as in modern bowls.

Hamlet sees the gravedigger throwing human bones around and asks Horatio ‘Did these bones cost no more the breeding but to play at loggets with’em?’- is that all they were brought up to be? (Hamlet, 5.1.91)

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Shakespeare Dictionary _130This definition is taken from the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, a unique dictionary to unlock the mysteries of Shakespeare’s world, words and language, compiled by renowned English language expert David Crystal and Shakespearean actor and producer Ben Crystal.