Common Words and Phrases Invented by William Shakespeare

Common Phrases Invented by William Shakespeare

You have probably heard that the famous Bard, Mr. William Shakespeare while writing his many plays, added a few words and phrases to the English dictionary. Have you ever wondered just how many words and phrases Shakespeare invented? Or which ones in particular?

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I just want to make one quick note before I go rhyming off some of the many, many, many, words and phrases Shakespeare coined.

When we say that William Shakespeare invented hundreds of words, we don’t necessarily mean that he invented them. Let me explain: many of the words that are attributed to having been coined by the famous bard are words that first appeared in written form in one of his works. So, he may have been the first person to write it down, but perhaps not the first person to come up with the word. Either way, he brought those words to life by writing them down and we still use most of them today in everyday conversation.

With that annoying little disclaimer out the way, let move on!

Here we are with Bated Breath awaiting to hear with amazement the countless contributions that zany Bard gave to our English language. Enough to fill an infinite space.

Common Words and Phrases Invented by William Shakespeare

Just how many words did William Shakespeare give to the English language? Some estimate the number to be over 1000 while others claim it to only be about 420. There have been many disputes in the past over the exact number of words, but it is generally acknowledged to be several hundred.

First, here are some commonly used phrases that we can thank Shakespeare for:

Let us Break the ice for we have waited Forever and a Day and if we must wait any longer, then we shall end up dead as a doornail.

Have you ever found yourself in a pickle? Or told a Naked truth? Do you have a heart of gold? Have you ever been sick at heart or just wondered what the dickens? Are you as swift as a shadow? Had too much of a good thing? Seen better days? Not slept one wink? Heard that love is blind? The game is afoot or the game is up  and good riddance! ‘Tis high time! These are mere household words. Watch out or you will become the laughing stock and you will wish you could be melted into thin air so lie low and make a virtue of necessity!

I can wear my heart upon my sleeve and enter the wild-goose chase for there is something in the wind and by the end of it I will be a sorry sight coming out of the jaws of death, to go once more into the breach for the world’s my oyster!

Did you know that All that glitters is not gold and All’s well that ends well, As good luck would have it.

There’s no such thing as a Be-all and the end-all nothing but a Cold comfort so Come what come may  for that’s The short and the long of it.

In this Brave new world all Comparisons are odorous and there is Neither rhyme nor reason for

Jealousy is the green-eyed monster.

He Refuse to budge an inch and ate A dish fit for gods. Now he has Eaten me out of house and home. He shall have to flee or I will commit Murder most foul with One fell swoop  and he shall have Breathed his last.

Don’t Catch a cold though you are a Flaming youth and are As merry as the day is long don’t forget that The better part of valour is discretion and the cold will not Kill with Kindness.

You will do well to Forget not All our yesterdays and with Bag and baggage and a Knit brow come Full circle and give me  Elbow room. So I beg youdo not be Faint hearted. You have The makings of greatness and that is not Improbable fiction.

Common Words and Phrases Invented by William Shakespeare

So please remember Knock Knock! Who’s there? William Shakespeare For goodness’ sake!

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