What Words Did Shakespeare Introduce Into The English Language?


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john Profile
john answered
In all his plays,
Shakespeare reveals his interest for the evolving ideas, words and
literary traditions of his time. It is widely assumed that Shakespeare
himself introduced more words into English than all the other writers
of his time combined, over 1,700 by some estimates.
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Shakespeare has been assessed as having added over 2000 words to the English language, at a rate of about every tenth word in his plays.
    Most were derived from Latin, a language he was introduced to at school from the age of nine.
      His contemporaries in London. Thomas Nashe,Thomas Watson etc, being also playwrights, would indulge nightly in drawing up new words from the Latin, with which to enrich the plays they too were writing.
      Shakespeare developed the knack, and we are all the better for it.
      'academe', 'advertising', 'cater', 'circumstantial', 'cold-blooded', 'courtship', 'drug', embrace, employer, engagement, epileptic, fashionable, glow, gossip, grovel, investment, laughable, luggage, misquote, mountaineer, numb, outbreak, partner, premeditated, petition, retirement, rival, roadway, soft-hearted, traditional, vastly, watchdog and zany!
      All 'invented' by Shakespeare, and all so adroitly added to the plays that listeners understood immediately the connotation of the words as they were spoken in literal context.

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