“… and every tongue that speaks
But Romeo’s name, speaks heavenly eloquence.”
(Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 2)
Tips for Use. It could be an answer to ‘Have you heard of So and So?’ where So and So is a lady of interest to you, e.g. ‘every tongue that speaks but (So and So’s) name…’eloquence”. So and So could even be yourself if you by chance catch your name mentioned in the conversation of others and want to introduce a little irony. Or a comeback to the not infrequent occasion when you happen to join a meeting and someone says, “We were just talking about you,” – or similar. On the other hand, if you like to alternate between the classic and the more modern, you may consider Oscar Wilde’s repartee on the subject, “It does not matter what people say about me as long as I am talked about.”
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In the play. Juliet sees her nurse arriving and hopes she will bring news of Romeo.
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