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75 Words You Won't Believe Shakespeare Invented

75Words you won't believE nou Shakespeare INVENTED Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's most important dramatist; William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets have been delighting crowds and gracing the printed page for half a millennium. However, he did have a slight tendency to completely invent words when the dictionary didn't suffice. So to mark the 500th anniversary of Shakespeare's passing, here we look at 75 of our favourite words he coined. .... ...... * Courtship 2 leves lebeua's lest Critic *3 GENEROUS One of Shakespeare's early comedies, MAD CAP believed to have been written in the mid-1590s for a performance in front of Elizabeth I. #4 ZANY #6 7 Olbscene 45 NEW-FANGLED OBedroom #8 EYE 9 BALL Midsummer Nights reame *10 BEACHED One of hie most popular works, this comedy is believed to have been written by Willy between 1590 and 1597, following six folks manipulated by fairies. " MIMIC #11 #13 Manager Swagger #12 BESMIRCH 15 BANT (14 BESMIRCH Hamlet (16 BUZZER OUT The tragic story of the eponymous prince of Denmark, looking to wreak revenge upon his uncle. #17 Famed for the 'Alas, poor Yorick' line. BREAK Unreal 18 EXCITEMENT #19 2REMORSELESS #20 BANDIT *21 King Henry VI, Pant II The second instalment of a trilogy of historical plays chronicling King Henry VI's ascent to power during the Wars of the Roses. # 22 Arouse #23 Jaded (24 SECURE TORTURE #25 26 ELBOW (27 BLANKET King lear #29 Tragically depicting the titular character's descent into madness, King Lear is often revered as one of Shakespeare's finest works. BLOODED Epileptic Flawed #28 #30 #31 Cater as You like It Still receiving mixed reviews, As You Like It is a pastoral comedy following the heroine, Rosalind, as she flees persecution from her uncle's court. Eventful 32 Puking Backing #34 *33 MARKETABLE #35 #36 Dwindle King Henry N. Part I *37 LUGGAGE A part of Shakespeare's collection of works which dealt with the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. SKIM MILK # 38 GUST #39 Tibus Andronicus VARIED 40 Thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy, Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent piece of work. #41 COUNTLESS BLOODSTAINED 42 #43 Addiction DAWN Henry V Believed to have been written right at the end of the 16th century, Henry V focuses on the Battle of Agincourt. #44 #45 Dishearten BET 46 #47 DEAFENING King Henry IV. Part II #48 Impartial Another historical play in Shakespeare's popular collection, Part II adds a little humour by focussing on the popular Falstaff, and adding a few comedic characters. "49 AMAZEMENT #50 King Jehn COLD- Believed to have been written in the 1590s, King John was not published until it appeared in the First Folio in 1623. BLOODED #51 Invulnerable CHAMPION 52 Maebeth The famous 'cursed' play, Macbeth continues to be one of Shakespeare's most important pieces of work - with many renowned actors attracted to the roles of #53 Drugged Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. ASSASSINATION 54 #55 Othelle Addiction HINT Still widely performed and adapted for opera, screen and literature; Othello is the tragic tale of the eponymous hero, his beloved wife, loyal lieutenant and unfaithful ensign. #56 (57 TRANQUIL Uncomfortable BUMP #58 Кeте and Juliet #59 #60 The world's most famous love story, the titular characters still represent young star-crossed lovers. BIRD *61 BEDAZZLED The Tomting of e PENDANT the Shrew #62 #63 Following the courtship of Petruchio, the tamer, and Katherina, the shrew; Taming of the Shrew continues to be adapted to this day. Undress #64 Lower Antheny and Cleepatra #65 The tragic, unfolding love story between the Roman general, Mark Anthony and Egyptian pharaoh, Cleopatra. SCUFFLE *66 BIRTHPLACE LONELY .• #67 Cerielanus Along with Anthony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus is numbered as one of the last « Blushing tragedies written by Shakespeare. #68 #69 Worthless King Henry VI. Part III (70 ADVERTISING Detailing the horrors of the Wars of the Roses, Shakespeare explored a nation descending into chaos and moral upheaval. #71 Measure for Measure Belongings Considered one of Shakespeare's problem plays, Measure for Measure shifts between light-hearted, humorous tones and sinister tragedy. LAUGHABLE #72 COMPROMISE The Merchant of Venice #73 НОBNOB Although recognised as a comedy, the play is most memorable for the dramatic scenes which play out between the titular character and the moneylender, Shylock. #74 Tweliflh Nght #75 Label Believed to have been written to be performed at the close of Christmas celebrations, Twelfth Night light-heartedly follows the fortunes of Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. 0 Printerland.co.uk www.printerland.co.uk 0800 840 1992 Sources: http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/wordsinvented.html http://mentalfloss.com/article/48657/20-words-we-owe-william-shakespeare

75 Words You Won't Believe Shakespeare Invented

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William Shakespeare, renowned as the most influentian voice in English literature, writing some of history’s best loved works. Across his 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems; Shakespe...

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