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We bring you discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter

We bring you discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter

If there's one man who liked a bit of punning wordplay, it's Mr William Shakespeare - you could say he was Bard to the bone. And so what better way to celebrate his birthday than by taking his deathless prose and forcing it into a series of increasingly terrible puns?

That's exactly what @tes asked teachers on Twitter to do, using the hashtag #ShakespeareJokes. @MrWespieser must be congratulated for keeping his punchline in iambic pentameter. "What did Macbeth say when he met The Rolling Stones?" he asked. The answer, of course: "Is this Mick Jagger I see before me?"

Another Macbeth-based joke came from @SGGS_English, who tweeted: "Knock, knock. Who's there? Ferris. Ferris who? Ferris foul and foul is fair."

A virtual retelling of one of Shakespeare's plays was suggested by @ColinStephens8, who mooted the possibility of renaming The Comedy of Errors as "404".

In a pun so devilishly tortuous that the Bard himself would surely approve, @neilayates submitted this potential headline: "Man who choked on Paxo to claim for damages: `Much to sue about stuffing'."

And our own favourite Shakespeare joke: "What's Hamlet about? Four hours long." Brevity may be the soul of wit; we, alas, are not. Sarah Cunnane

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