So, for each post in this series, I’ll have two phrases and two words from Shakespeare’s legacy. Let’s get this wordfest started!
Phrase 1: “A sorry sight”
– This phrase comes from that Scottish play, also known as “Macbeth.” In Act 2, Scene 2, line 20, Macbeth has just gotten through with the murder and is staring at his bloodied hands. “This is a sorry sight.”
– It’s interesting to note that Shakespeare seems to remark on his own invention by having the Lady Macbeth tell her husband that it’s a foolish phrase in the next line.
Phrase 2: “In a pickle”
– Though there is some controversy about the credit of invention, this phrase appears in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
– Some speculate that the allusion to pickles when talking about being “in trouble” may refer to the disorientation and mix up of the vegetables being pickled. (The Phrase Finder)
Word 1: “amazement”
– This noun is defined as a feeling of great surprise or wonder.
– First use of “to amaze” as a noun was in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in Act 1, Scene 2, Line 14.
Word 2: “to blanket”
– The definition is fairly self-explanatory.
– This is the first use of the word “blanket” as a verb from “King Lear”