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Words Shakespeare Coined

How many new words did Shakespeare coin?


In Brush Up Your Shakespeare! (Harper), author Michael Macrone explains that it’s not always easy to determine who first coined  a word, but notes that the Oxford English Dictionary attributes all of the bold-faced words below  (and some 500 more) to Shakespeare.


From the spectacled pedant to the schoolboy, all gentlefolk recognize Shakespeare as a fathomless fount of coinages.


The honey-tongued Bard had no rival, nor could he sate his never-ending addiction to madcap, flowery (or foul-mouthed!) neologisms.


Even time-honored exposure cannot besmirch our amazement at the countless and useful words that lend radiance to our lackluster lives. All in a day’s work!


Create your own words, quotes, and silly stories by clicking on the link at right!
Max Beerbohm. William Shakespeare, His Method of Work. Print, 1904.

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