Thursday, April 17, 2008

Coined by Shakespeare

Shakespeare contributed more phrases to the English language than the Bible or any other work - and many more than any other individual. Here's a small collection of well-known quotations that are associated with Shakespeare, although not all of them were coined by him. I found it facinating that I frequently use most of these. I've not read Shakespeare; at the time of my schooling it was not manditory, and I never picked him up for pleasure. For the complete list go here.

A dish fit for the gods

A foregone conclusion

A sorry sight

All corners of the world

All that glitters is not gold

All's well that ends well

As dead as a doornail

As good luck would have it

As pure as the driven snow

At one fell swoop

Bag and baggage

Beast with two backs

But screw your courage to the sticking-place

But, for my own part, it was Greek to me

Come what come may

Discretion is the better part of valour

Eaten out of house and home

Exceedingly well read

Fair play

Fancy free

Foul play

Good riddance

Green eyed monster

Heart's content

High time

His beard was as white as snow

I have not slept one wink

In a pickle

In stitches

In the twinkling of an eye

Lie low

Like the Dickens

Love is blind

My salad days

Primrose path

Rhyme nor reason

Salad days

Screw your courage to the sticking place

Send him packing

Set your teeth on edge

Short shrift

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

Star crossed lovers

Such stuff as dreams are made on

The course of true love never did run smooth

Too much of a good thing

Vanish into thin air

We have seen better days

Wear your heart on your sleeve

Wild goose chase


Anonymous said...

Bill Bryson just published a book on Shakespeare that is fascinating and absolutely worth an evening or two of your time.

Mrs. G. said...

I popped in to mention the same book Jen did. It's good.

david mcmahon said...

Great list. I did literature at university and I do a bit of writing in my spare time - so I really appreciated your effort here.

storyteller said...

Who knew??? Certainly not me … but this was a fun post. Thanks for sharing ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

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