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Kids are Quoting Shakespeare

Shakespeare for Kids

The English language is consistantly evolving, but would you believe that there are expressions in our language that are over 400 years old? Take a look at the following list of phrases.

as luck would have it

budge an inch

foul play

in a pickle

my own flesh and blood

not slept one wink

seen better days

vanish into thin air

without rhyme or reason



You may have heard some of these expressions used. Or perhaps you have used them yourself.  It may be surprising to you, but William Shakespeare is credited with these words and you can find them in his plays.


The following story was created using these expressions.


It was a windy day, and my kite soared so high it seemed to vanish into thin air. All of a sudden, without rhyme or reason, my kite plummeted into a tree! As luck would have it, my kite wouldn't budge an inch! I was really in a pickle, and but me no buts, I didn't sleep one wink that night I was so worried about my kite. When I went back the next day to try and get it down again, it was gone! I suspected foul play but no, I finally found it lying in the grass a few yards away. It had definitely seen better days! I took it home and fixed it up as best I could. To me, that kite was like my own flesh and blood.

--Francesca, age 12


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