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Words Shakespeare Coined



Shakespeare for Kids

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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