After I learned this word I started hearing it all over the place. I’m sure you’ve had that happen to you. This is one of those.
WORD (PART.) IPA Pronunciation: /wil/
If he be slain, say ‘Ay’; or if not, no:
Brief sounds determine of my weal or woe.
- Romeo and Juliet (III.ii)
That’s the most commonly found passage with the word. You’ll come across it again in 6 other plays. Weal is thankfully a word whose definition isn’t hidden within the context of the times Shakespeare uses it. One less word to worry about for the audience. Just one.
Posted on February 20, 2008