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10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« on: March 03, 2016, 10:42:20 AM »
There aren't many writers who can add the skill "coining a phrase" to their résumé. But Shakespeare is an exceptional as he belongs to a special, gold-encrusted league of his own.
Check out 10 sayings that this great man created all by himself and then bow down!
1.' Discretion is the better part of valour'
A version of the words uttered by Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I.
2.' All that glisters (glitters) is not gold'
We can thank the Prince of Morocco in The Merchant Of Venice for this, though the original word used was ‘glisters’.
3. 'The beast with two backs'
Iago gives us this saucy phrase as he gets irritated by inter-racial love in Othello.
4. 'It was Greek to me'
Roman Casca indulges in some petty nationalism in Julius Caesar.
5.' Eaten out of house and home'
A gluttonous accusation from Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part II.
6.' I have not slept one wink'
Pisanio produces this in one of Shakespeare’s less-blockbuster plays, Cymbeline.
7. Send him packing
Falstaff’s second appearance in our list.
8. Short shrift
Ratcliffe gives us this in Richard III. It didn’t appear in print again until Walter Scott’s Lord Of The Isles in 1815.
9. Seen better days
This phrase came from Flavius in Timon Of Athens.
10. The worm will turn
Clifford gives hope to the small folk in Henry VI, Part III.
Source is Internet.
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Offline Afroza Akhter Tina

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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2016, 08:29:29 AM »
...would love to read more Ma'am  :)




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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2016, 01:09:26 PM »
Thanks for sharing Mam. :)

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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2016, 02:36:07 PM »
Thanks for sharing Ma'am.  :)

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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 12:16:16 PM »
mind blowing.

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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2016, 01:08:28 PM »
Thanks for sharing  :)

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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2016, 10:22:40 AM »
Later other authors have picked up some of these phrases. My daughter learnt 'not a wink of sleep' from Tintin. Herge was a follower of Shakespeare I see. :)
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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2016, 03:22:50 PM »
Thank you very much mam for sharing

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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2017, 01:03:56 PM »
Thanks a lot for the post.
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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2017, 10:06:34 PM »
'the world is your oyster'- is my personal favorite  :-*
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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2017, 09:28:57 AM »
Thanks for sharing! :)

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Re: 10 phrases coined by Shakespeare
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2017, 06:43:24 PM »
Good stuff, Madam. Thank you. But I wonder if our students have any access to this Forum. It'd be more useful if they did.
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