Shakespeare and the English language

You just can’t study English and escape Shakespeare. Not only is he the most famous playwright, he has also contributed an astounding number of new words to the English Language and coined many expressions such as, “all that glitters is not gold”, “break the ice”, “a heart of gold”. Examples of words are eyeball, elbow, luggage, glomy, unreal or skim milk. These are words and expressions we use everyday or regularly without giving a thought to where they come from.

Shakespeare Portrait Comparisons 2


Blackadder though is less impressed with Shakepeare as you can see in the short clip below.

More on Shakepeare

Also see Language History – Shakespeare’s Time


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