Everyday English Words and Phrases Invented by William Shakespeare – The Birthday Boy


Today is the 450th birthday of the King of The Quill from Elizabethan times, and probably the best English writer/poet/actor ever – William Shakespeare.

While there’s no need to explain how complicated and silly the English language can be sometimes, we should not forget the contributions that this great man made in simplifying it for us. Here are some of the everyday English words and phrases that Shakespeare gave us, and the place where he first used them. Some of them are really quite surprising.Shakespeare


  • Bet (n) (verb)
    Shallow, King Henry IV, Part II – Act III, Scene II
  • Cold-Blooded (adv.)
    Constance, King John – Act III, Scene I
  • Elbow (verb)
    Kent, King Lear – Act IV, Scene III
  • Hint (n)
    Othello, Othello – Act I, Scene III
  • Luggage (n)
    Prince Henry, King Henry IV, Part I – Act V, Scene IV
  • Negotiate (verb)
    Claudio, Much Ado About Nothing – Act II, Scene I
  • Puking (verb)
    Jaques, As You Like It – Act II, Scene VII
  • Secure (verb)
    Queen Margaret, King Henry IV, Part II – Act V, Scene II
  • Unreal (adj.)
    Macbeth, Macbeth – Act III, Scene IV


  • All That Glitters (Glisters) is Not Gold
    Morocco, The Merchant of Venice – Act II, Scene VII
  • “Knock, Knock!” “Who’s There?”
    Porter, Macbeth – Act II, Scene III
  • Good Riddance
    Patroclus, Troilus and Cressida, Act II, Scene I
  • Break The Ice
    Tranio, The Taming of the Shrew – Act I, Scene II
  • Fair Play
    Miranda, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I
  • It’s Greek to Me
    Casca, Julius Caesar – Act I, Scene II

 Beautiful, eh?

Thank you Shakespeare… And Happy 450th Birthday. 🙂

Source: Google, duh!


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