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10 Words We Owe to Shakespeare

We've all studied Shakespeare in school and some of us may have even watched his plays. But did you know that in addition to the 37 plays he wrote, these also contained over 2,200 never-before-seen-words? Many of which we still use today. 

Here we take a look at 10 commonly used words you can thank Shakespeare for:

1. Fashionable 

“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.” – Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene II

2. Inaudible

“Let's take the instant by the forward top; for we are old, and on our quick'st decrees the inaudible and noiseless foot of Time steals ere we can effect them.” - All’s Well That Ends Well, Act V, Scene III

3. Manager

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

4. Scuffle

“His captain's heart, which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst the buckles on his breast, reneges all temper, and is become the bellows and the fan to cool a gipsy's lust.” - Antony and Cleopatra, Act I, Scene I

5. Uncomfortable

“Despised, distressed, hated, martyr'd, kill'd! Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now to murder, murder our solemnity?” - Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene V

6. Eyeball

“Go make thyself like a nymph o' the sea: be subject to no sight but thine and mine, invisible to every eyeball else.” - The Tempest, Act I, Scene II

7. Dwindle 

"He shall live a man forbid. Weary sev'nnights nine times nine. Shall he dwindle, peak and pine." - Macbeth, Act I, Scene III
 
8. Bedazzled
 
“Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes, that have been so bedazzled with the sun that everything I look on seemeth green.” - The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Scene V
 
9. Addiction
 
“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 revels his addiction leads him.” - Othello, Act II, Scene II
 
10. Gossip 
 
"Go to a gossips' feast and gowith me;. After so long grief, such festivity!" - The Comedy of Errors, Act V Scene I