Here, to mark his birthday, we look at 10 different words that still regularly crop up in conversation, thanks to Shakespeare:
What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here,/So near the cradle of the fairy queen?
Swagger - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Act III, Scene I) 1600.
O beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.
Green-Eyed - (to describe jealousy), The Merchant of Venice, (Act III, Scene II)1600.
And then he drew a dial from his poke,/And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye,/Says very wisely, ‘It is ten o’clock:Thus we may see,’ quoth he, ‘how the world wags.’
Lackluster- As You Like It, (Act II, Scene VII) 1616.
Then by your side no bed-room me deny, / For lying so, Hermia, I do not lie
Bedroom - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Act II, Scene II) 1600.
Go to a gossips’ feast and go with me;After so long grief, such festivity!
Gossip - The Comedy of Errors, (Act V, Scene I) 1594.
Time is like a fashionable host/That slightly shakes his party guest by the hand,/And with his arms outstretched, as he would fly,/Grasps in the corner:welcome ever smiles,/And farewell goes out sighing
Fashionable - Troilus and Cressida, (Act III, Scene III)1609.
A kissing traitor. How art thou proved Judas?
Kissing -Love’s Labour Lost, (Act V, Scene II) 1598.
Make Ossa like a wart! Nay, an thou’lt mouth, I’ll rant as well as thou. Damn it, show me what you’re going to do for her.
Rant- Hamlet, (Act V, Scene I) 1603.
And I forsooth in love! I that have been love’s whip,/A very beadle to a humorous sigh,/A critic, nay, a nightwatch constable.
Critic - Love’s Labour Lost, (Act III, Scene I) 1598.
Here’s a large mouth, indeed,/That spits forth death and mountains, rocks and seas,/Talks as familiarly of roaring lions/As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs!
Puppy-dog -King John, (Act II, Scene I) 1623.
Some may feel today that a writer such as Shakespeare has no connection to their everyday existence – but goodness knows what we would have named a bedroom, or how we would’ve described trendy clothes, if he hadn’t invented those words.
It’s worth remembering this fact the next time you have a gossip with your friends...