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Why was the Globe Theater called the wooden O?

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May 09, 2012 3:43PM

Because it was approximately circular being made of 20 short sides made of wood.

For some obscure reason, actors often pronounce the "O" as if it were "Oh". But clearly Shakespeare intended the pronunciation to be "nought": making a rhyming couplet with "Agincourt". This gives us a typical Shakespearian pun. The theatre is a wooden circle and also the figure naught. He's emphasising that compared to reality, a play is worth nothing.