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Did you know William Shakespear invented so many words?

 
 
Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2012 01:17 pm
Did you know William Shakespear invented so many words?

Words Shakespeare Invented

The English language owes a great debt to Shakespeare. He invented over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words wholly original. Below is a list of a few of the words Shakespeare coined, hyperlinked to the play and scene from which it comes. When the word appears in multiple plays, the link will take you to the play in which it first appears.

academe accused addiction advertising amazement
arouse assassination backing bandit bedroom
beached besmirch birthplace blanket bloodstained
barefaced blushing bet bump buzzer
caked cater champion circumstantial cold-blooded
compromise courtship countless critic dauntless
dawn deafening discontent dishearten drugged
dwindle epileptic equivocal elbow excitement
exposure eyeball fashionable fixture flawed
frugal generous gloomy gossip green-eyed
gust hint hobnob hurried impede
impartial invulnerable jaded label lackluster
laughable lonely lower luggage lustrous
madcap majestic marketable metamorphize mimic
monumental moonbeam mountaineer negotiate noiseless
obscene obsequiously ode olympian outbreak
panders pedant premeditated puking radiance
rant remorseless savagery scuffle secure
skim milk submerge summit swagger torture
tranquil undress unreal varied vaulting
worthless zany gnarled grovel


For more words that Shakespeare coined please see the Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Dr. Ernest Klein (1966) or Shakespeare-lexicon: A Complete Dictionary of All the English Words, Phrases and Constructions in the Works of the Poet by Alexander Schmidt (1902).
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2012 01:21 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
I used to know someone who thought Shakespear was alright, but would have been better had he not used so many cliches. I was sorry I had to tell her they only became cliches after being copied from the original Shakespear.
contrex
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2012 03:06 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
With rare exceptions, the spelling is now standardised in English-speaking countries as "Shakespeare".
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2012 03:30 pm
@contrex,
Inasmuch as the name is spelled four different ways in just one manuscript document -- Shackspear's own last will and testament -- it seems to me that it's hardly possible to ever misspell it. 'Shakespeare' is just a convenient convention, neither exclusively right nor wholly wrong.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 19 Dec, 2012 01:49 pm
@contrex,
Shakespeare is a key part of KS3 English, and one of the first things they're taught is the amount of words he coined.
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 21 Dec, 2012 07:33 am
@roger,
That's a cliche, Roger.
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 21 Dec, 2012 07:34 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Quote:
Did you know William Shakespear invented so many words?


Did you know William Shakespear didn't know grammar?
contrex
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 06:07 am
@JTT,
JTT wrote:

Quote:
Did you know William Shakespear invented so many words?


Did you know William Shakespear didn't know grammar?


Did anybody at that time "know" what you mean by "grammar"?
TheParser
 
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2012 04:52 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Thank you very much for this information. I never knew that he had coined all those words.
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ayls101
 
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Reply Wed 27 Feb, 2013 08:09 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Thanks for sharing this information. Very interesting.
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JTT
 
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Reply Wed 27 Feb, 2013 08:16 am
@contrex,
Quote:
Did anybody at that time "know" what you mean by "grammar"?


Please continue, C.
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