Some time ago I had to call my phone provider to find out international roaming rates for my phone when in Italy.
The person on the other end of the call explained to me that my phone would work (not my question) in Europe but not in Italy. The list of countries included Europe, but not Italy.
I asked her if she was aware that Italy was a country included in the continent called Europe.
This was real news! News met with skepticism, I might add.
I have great sympathy for this note from Argent By The Tiber:
Not a good sign
…calling the local store of a national bookseller chain:
Argent: Do you have an individual copy of Shakespeare’s King Lear?
Bookseller: Who? How do you spell that?
Argent (trying hard not to laugh): King Lear. K-I-N-G L-E-A-R.
Bookseller: Hang on. (typing sounds) Ah, you’re in luck. We do have a copy.
Argent: Thank you. I’ll be right there.
Bookseller: No problem.
Okay, is Shakespeare not taught in schools anymore?
Along with many other things, I suspect very little Shakespeare is presented to students in many schools…. even in movie versions.