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The Language of Shakespeare

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Katie Riley

on 20 March 2017

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Transcript of The Language of Shakespeare

Early Modern English
The Influence of Shakespeare
Pick up Lines
He wasn't always so nice (insults)
Popular Phrases
Modern English owes its roots to Shakespeare
Shakespeare invented over 1,700 words!
In Shakespeare's lifetime, the English language was dramatically changing, going from Old English to Early Modern English. Shakespeare himself was responsible for many of these changes to the Old English Lanuage.
Shakespeare's plays and other literary works had a huge influence on the development of Old English to Early Modern English.
"Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service."
"break the ice"
From Shakespeare to Fetty Wap
Words changed connotation:
In Old English, "thou" was used to address more than one person. In Early Modern English, "Thou" was used as an affectionate term along with "Thee" which used to address only one person in Old English.
For example, Shakespeare takes the noun "antic" which means "a fool" and changes it to the verb "anticked", meaning "to make a fool of".
Shakespeare uses one word to convey multiple meanings: "Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile. – ‘intellect,’ ‘wisdom,’ ‘eyesight’ and ‘daylight’."
"Ye" was replaced by the more popular "you" which is still used today.
"What is light, if Sylvia be not seen? What is joy if Sylvia be not by?"
"I would not wish any companion in the world but you."
"Her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love."
Some of these words include:
"dishearten, laughable, lonely,
obscene, exposure, assassination, and amazement".
"Thine face is not worth sunburning."
"I was searching for a fool when I found you."
"Your brain is as dry as the remainder biscuit after voyage."
Thou art unfit for any place but hell.
"eat out of house and home"
"heart of gold"
As you can see, Shakespeare's language is not that different from ours; it just takes a little time and research to understand the differences.
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