Shakespeare's contributions to the English language

Shakespeare Week is upon us!

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23/03/23 | StarsInsider


It's been over 400 years since William Shakespeare passed away, but his written words are still alive and kicking in the 21st century. The famous playwright is said to have introduced over 1,700 words into the English language, with many of his phrases being used in everyday conversation. If you've ever been on a "wild-goose chase" or got yourself "in a pickle," if you've ever cried "for goodness' sake" or told a good old "knock knock" joke, then you've been quoting Shakespeare.

Here are a few of the other common phrases devised by the great English Bard. Click on!

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