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Understanding the Ides of March Through Twitter Jokes

Understanding the Ides of March Through Twitter

Originally posted 03/16/2014 10:30AM

"Beware the Ides of March," a soothsayer tells the eponymous emperor in the first act of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

Spoiler alert: It doesn't end well for him. But 415 years later, we have Twitter jokes to soothe the pain.

The term "Ides" actually comes from an old Latin verb iduare, which means "to divide." "The Ides" was just a Roman colloquialism for the day that marked the halfway point of each month.

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