Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare influenced the language we speak far more than most realize. Here's a listing of things you've heard and spoken, perhaps without realizing that Shakespeare penned it first. A few from that list:
The course of true love never did run smooth
Off with his head!
The green-eyed monster
A blinking idiot
A dish fit for the gods
A pound of flesh
A sorry sight
A spotless reputation
A tower of strength
Good riddance
Too much of a good thing
What the dickens


Nise' said...

While reading Hamlet this winter, I was surprised at how much of our sayings came from it.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
The lady doth protest too much
Frailty, thy name is woman

NotNessie said...

Haha.. thanks for this interesting post.

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Bluestocking said...

Yes! I'm glad someone remember that today was Shakespeare's birthday! I put it on my calendar widget.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I am a huge fan of the Bard and every time I read something by him or watch it I'm always drawn to those wonderful quips that we continue to use almost daily.
Happy Birthday Will!

Alyce said...

What a fun list! I love learning about word/phrase origins.