Words & Phrases You Use Everyday Without Realizing You Are Quoting Shakespeare

Words & Phrases You Use Everyday Without Realizing You Are Quoting Shakespeare

Of all the English language playwrights, bards (poets), storytellers and content creators, he is The Father of us all. He invented over 1700 common words by connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, changing nouns into verbs and verbs into adjectives, and blending two words into one (portmanteaus).

He is arguably the greatest English language writer of all time and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His works consist of approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems. Today, over 400 years after his death, his work has been translated into every major living language, and his plays performed more often than those of any other playwright.

And you, yes you,  quote him everyday of your life without knowing it.

Here are few examples:

1.Swagger: Henry V, Act II, Scene IV/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III, Scene I
“An’t please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered with me last night.” – Williams

2. Bedazzled: The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Scene V
“Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes, that have been so bedazzled with the sun that everything I look on seemeth green.” – Katherina

3. Manager: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V, Scene I
“Where is our usual manager of mirth? What revels are in hand? Is there no play to ease the anguish of a torturing hour?” – King Theseus

4. Eventful: As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII
“Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion, sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.” – Jaques

5. Addiction: Othello, Act II, Scene II
“It is Othello’s pleasure, our noble and valiant general, that, upon certain tidings now arrived, importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet, every man put himself into triumph; some to dance, some to make bonfires, each man to what sport and reveals his addiction leads him.” – Herald

6. Uncomfortable: Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene V
“Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d! Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now to murder, murder our solemnity?” – Capulet

7. Arch-villain: Timon of Athens, Act V, Scene I
“You that way and you this, but two in company; each man apart, all single and alone, yet an arch-villain keeps him company.” – Timon

8. Assassination: Macbeth, Act I, Scene VII
“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly: if the assassination could trammel up the consequence, and catch with his surcease success.” – Macbeth

9. Belongings: Measure for Measure, Act I, Scene I
“Thyself and thy belongings are not thine own so proper as to waste thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.” – Duke Vincentio

10. Cold-blooded: King John, Act III, Scene I
“Thou cold-blooded slave, hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side, been sworn my soldier, bidding me depend upon thy stars, thy fortune and thy strength, and dost thou now fall over to my fores?” – Constance

11. Fashionable: Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene III
“For time is like a fashionable host that slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand, and with his arms outstretch’d, as he would fly, grasps in the comer: welcome ever smiles, and farewell goes out sighing.”

12. Half-blooded/hot-blooded: King Lear, Act V, Scene III/ Act III, Scene III
“Half-blooded fellow, yes.”

13. Vanish into thin air: Othello
“These our actors, as I foretold you, were all spirits, and are melted into air, into thin air”

14. Break the ice: The Taming of the Shrew,” Act 1, Scene 2

“… And if you break the ice and do this feat,
Achieve the elder, set the younger free
For our access, whose hap shall be to have her
Will not so graceless be to be ingrate.”

15. Love is blind: The Merchant of Venice, Act II Scene 6
“…But love is blind and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit;…”

16. There’s a method to my madness: Hamlet, Act II, Scene II
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t. Will you walk out of the air, my lord?”

17. A heart of gold: Henry V, Act 4, Scene 1

“The king’s a bawcock, and a heart of gold,
A lad of life, an imp of fame;
Of parents good, of fist most valiant. …”

18. Stuff that dreams are made off: The Tempest,Act 4, Scene 1

“We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”

19. To come full circle: King Lear, Act 5, Scene 3

“Thou hast spoken right, ’tis true;
The wheel has come full circle: I am here.”

20. Knock knock! Who’s there?: Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3

“Knock, knock! Who’s there, i’ the name of Beelzebub?”

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