Shakespeare said what?!

In my last post, I mentioned that a lot of expressions that we use today were actually used coined by the bard himself, William Shakespeare. I had a great deal of fun discovering which ones and so, I decided to compile a list of them for you. Perhaps you know them, perhaps not. But it is great fun to imagine in Elizabethan England, these phrases being tossed out in everyday banter. Of course, not everyone would have read the play, but if they had seen the play, they would have heard it. All it takes is one person to pick it up and use it before it spreads and everyone is using it.

Without further ado…

– “For goodness sake!” – Henry VIII

– “Neither here not there.” – Othello

– “Mum’s the word.” – Henry VI, Part II

– “Eaten out of house and home.” – Henry IV, Part II

– “Knock knock! Who’s there?” – Macbeth

That’s right. We have Shakespeare to thank for ‘knock knock’ jokes. Orange you glad to know that? (Bad pun, forgive me.)

– “All’s well that ends well.” – All’s Well That Ends Well

– “With bated breath.” – The Merchant of Venice

– “A wild goose chase.” – Romeo and Juliet

– “Faint-hearted.” – Henry VI, Part I

“Send him packing.” – Henry IV

– “Vanish into thin air.” – Othello

“Give the devil his due.” – Henry IV, Part I

“There’s method in my madness.” – Hamlet

– “Wear your heart on your sleeve.” – Othello

– “It’s Greek to me.” – Julius Caesar

“The lady doth protest too much!” – Hamlet

Those are just a few, but I thought you would enjoy seeing them. If you know more, let me know! ❤I love to learn new things.


6 thoughts on “Shakespeare said what?!

  1. Never Not Reading says:

    I’ve seen a couple of lists like this in the past, but I always forget what was on them. It’s always funny to see what kinds of things we say every day that we have The Bard to thank for! I had especially forgotten the wild goose chase, which is funny because Romeo and Juliet is (obviously) a favorite.

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