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Words and Phrases Coined by Shakespeare

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Words and Phrases Coined by Shakespeare
Why was Shakespeare so popular?
Shakespeare was so popular due to his brilliance when it comes to the writing of poems & plays. He was a big hit to the masses and they could understand the stories and relate. He was famous because his stoires captivated everyone from the lowest servant to the King and Queen. His works have also greatly influenced modern English for centuries after his death. (Bate, 2007).
Phrases coined by Shakespeare
"A sorry sight" (Macbeth) - A regrettable and unwelcome aspect or feature. Now also used to mean something or someone of untidy appearance.
"As dead as a doornail" (Henry IV) Dead, devoid of life (when applied to people, plants or animals).
"In stitches" (Twelfth Night) - Laughing uproariously.
"Too much of a good thing" (As you like it) - Excess may do you harm

(Words and Phrase Coined by Shakespeare).
Approximately how many words is Shakespeare attributed with inventing?
The English language owes a great debt to Shakespeare. He invented over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words wholly original. (Words Shakespeare Invented).
Words Invented by Shakespeare
Assassination- The action of assassinating someone.
Cold hearted- Laking affection or warmth.
Swagger- walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way.
Laced- contaminated with a substance (usually harmful or toxic) present in small amounts.
Worthless- having no real value or use.
Useful- able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways.
Widowed-A woman whose spouse has died and who has not remarried.
Lonely- sad because one has no friends or company.
Shakespeare was familiar with seven foreign languages and often quoted them directly in his plays. His vocabulary was the largest of any writer, at over twenty-four thousand words.
After he used these phrases and words, they were adopted into the English language by the people who saw his plays. Eventually they became accepted and used as words and phrases of our daily lives.
(The Once Used Words in Shakespeare).
Theme 1:

Nay, but to live

In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed,

Stew’d in corruption, honeying and making love

Over the nasty sty,–

(Hamlet, Act 3 – Scene 4)
This quote is spoken by Hamlet while he's speaking with his mother. He is talking about how Claudius and his ranking are corrupted because he has killed the previous king, King Hamlet for nothing than obtaining his spot on the royal throne. He didn't kill him in anyway; he poisoned him in the ear while he was sleeping. The big picture of corruption is with the fact of King Claudius being so cowardly in the way he murdered the previous king.
Theme 2 :

"To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 't is nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them?" (Shakespeare)
(Act 3 Scene 1)
Death occurs in Hamlet, in the form of suicide, as it does to many people who experience hardship, lost and feelings of isolation and hopelessness. Hamlet considers suicide, but resists because of the Christian belief that suicide, being a mortal sin,would disqualify the soul from finding eternal rest in heaven with god.
(ENotes, 2009)
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