Have you ever wondered where our modern words and phrases come from?
It turns out that most of the ones we use today were actually invented by the world renowned poet and playwright William Shakespeare, and not for the reason you would think. Most of his invented words (they number more than 1,700) were invented simply so that he could write in iambic pentameter without ruining the rhythm of the meter. His invented phrases are mostly clever metaphors and snide remarks from his plays and sonnets.
So, my friends and followers, this month (and maybe longer), I will be talking about some of Shakespeare’s more commonly used words and phrases by everyone today.
I’d like to start with the word “BUMP”
This word was used in Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet,” and is attested to be the first usage of an Onomatopoeia.
The posts in the rest of the series will include more than one word and phrase, with in-depth detail of the origin and how we use it today. I’m so excited!