What's In a Name? UK Clothier Misspells Shakespeare
By Alexander Smith, The Look on TODAY Style
Presumably in a move to inject some cultured class into their latest line, UK clothier Topshop recently unveiled a new line of T-shirts printed with one of the most beloved lines of English literature: “Romeo Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo?” But as Britain's Metro reports, the quote, taken from arguably the most famous play by William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet,” is followed by a serious misspelling.
Topshop UK -- Is this a typo which I see before me? Topshop's errant garment.
The quote is attributed to
British shoppers with a bit more reverence for their nation’s fabled literary heritage were quick to point out the gaffe, sending Topshop scrambling for a fix. My favorite line from the Metro’s story: According to the Daily Mail, when informed for the error, a Topshop spokesperson responded: "Oh my God."
In the wake of the textile typo, the shirt has since vanished from Topshop’s website. While armies of literature professors are doubtlessly calling for a plague on Topshop’s house, it is an admonition from Shakespeare himself that they should take to heart. “Ignorance is the curse of God,” wrote the Bard in “King Henry VI.” “Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”
Photo: National Portrait Gallery / AP: Had he not died in 1616, Shakespeare would have probably been less than amused by this.
Alex Smith is a senior editor at TODAY.com, who insists on speaking floridly in iambic pentameter.
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