Shakespeare Quotes

“THEREBY HANGS A TALE”

“THEREBY HANGS A TALE”

“THEREBY HANGS A TALE” (The Taming of the Shrew, Act 4, scene 1) was once thought to be the clown Grumio’s punning distortion of the old “thereby lies a tale.” (Tale/tail, get it?) But “hangs” was used by soldier and poet Thomas Churchyard in 1579.