Hello everyone, hope you’re well! I have a guest post for you today from the company Playster, who are here to talk about Shakespeare and the English language. I have to say, reading this post, I was shocked at some of the words that originally came from Shakespeare! Hope you enjoy. 🙂
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Playster.com is a great source for all things Shakespeare. We’ve got tons of material on the bard, from books, to collections of his sonnets and copies of his greatest plays, to music inspired by the magical worlds he created. Have you ever thought about what a huge impact William Shakespeare had on the English language? Check out these 8 words you’ll never believe he invented!
“Radiance” – All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 1 Scene 1
The word radiance, now defined as “Beyoncé”, originally appeared in the prologue of Shakespeare’s play “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Mourning her absent lover who just ditched her to go to Paris, Helena describes Bertram as a star, and bemoans the fact that she isn’t basking in his radiance all the time. Being a woman in a Shakespeare play, Helena ends up disguising herself as a male doctor and pursuing him—a practical solution to the problem!
“Dauntless” – King Henry VI, Part III, Act 3 Scene 3
Without Shakespeare, one of the factions in Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent series would be without a name. “Dauntless”, meaning fearless or bold, was first used in “King Henry VI, Part III.” Visit the world of the Dauntless on Playster today!
“Swagger” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3, Scene 1
Ain’t no swag without Shakespeare. The word was first used by Puck in Shakespeare’s swaggiest play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, in a scene where he throws shade at some riff-raff who have dared to swagger into the presence of Queen Titania. Slay, Puck!
“Addiction” – Henry V, Act 1 Scene 1
How could we ever talk about our addiction to unlimited entertainment without Shakespeare’s play “Henry V”? The first use of the word “addiction” occurs in the play’s prologue: Henry V is introduced as a formerly shady character who used to eat tons of food and hang out with lowlifes, but somehow ended up OK. If he were alive today, he’d be addicted to Playster for sure.
“Bedroom” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2 Scene 2
This one seems so simple, which really goes to show what a linguistic badass Shakespeare was. Next time you’re reading a book on Playster in bed, give a thought to Shakespeare, who created the word “bedroom” especially for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The first usage technically means “space in your bed” but… whatever.
“Majestic” – Julius Caesar, Act 1 Scene 2
Another word often attributed to our world’s supreme leader Queen Bey, “majestic” originally appeared in Shakespeare’s most famous history play, “Julius Caesar”, and was used to describe glorious Roman Empire. We like to think of Playster as “majestic”—you’ll know why when you sign up!
“Puking” – As You Like It, Act 2 Scene 7
Next time you’re puking, consider Shakespeare. This beautifully descriptive addition to our lexicon first appeared in “As You Like It”, when Jacques is mulling over the transience of life, from our humble beginnings as puking babies to the “second childishness” of old age. Who knew puking could be so deep?
“Green-Eyed” – The Merchant of Venice, Act 3 Scene 2
How many dystopian YA protagonists would be without an identity if it wasn’t for ol’ Bill Shakes? The phrase “green-eyed”, used to describe SO many Chosen Ones, first appeared in “The Merchant of Venice” and is attributed to the emotion of jealousy. How many green-eyed saviors can you find on Playster?
These are just 8 of the hundreds of words that Shakespeare contributed to the English language. Experience the magic of history’s greatest playwright on Playster today!
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