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Shakespeare: Poet, Playwright…and Inventor!

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 12 November 2012

Think Shakespearean language is intimidating? We doth protest! Not only a prolific writer and poet, Shakespeare coined thousands of popular phrases that are still commonly used today. In A Midsummer Night's Dream alone, Shakespeare is credited with inventing (or, at the very least, first putting in writing) the phrases "the course of true love never did run smooth," "swift as a shadow" and "what fools these mortals be" -- and even the words "bedroom," "flowery," "eyeball" and "mimic"! You'd be surprised to learn just how many everyday sayings and words originally came from the mind of The Bard.

 

 

Here's a one-minute history lesson, courtesy of The Open University:

 

 

And there's more! The list is endless. But here are some of my personal favorites:

"All that glitters isn't gold"

"Be all and end all"

"Catch a cold"

"One fell swoop"

"It's Greek to me"

What's your favorite line? Pick one or pick 100, then come see A Midsummer Night's Dream at PCS.

Comments (1)

This is a very cool video. Thanks for posting it.

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