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You may not know this, but…


… the following commonly used phrases are thought to be originally coined by William Shakespeare (many say these combinations of words did not appear in print before Shakespeare’s works):


All that glitters is not gold
All’s well that ends well
Bated breath
Dead as a doornail
Fool’s paradise
For goodness’ sake
Good riddance
Heart of gold
In a pickle
Knock knock! Who’s there?
Laughing stock
Love is blind
Naked truth
Neither rhyme nor reason
One fell swoop
Star-crossed lovers
Pomp and circumstance
Pound of flesh
Primrose path
Too much of a good thing
Wear my heart upon my sleeve
What’s in a name?
Wild goose chase
The world’s my oyster


(via The Pioneer Woman)

Comments (4)

  • Hey Alexandra! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, and I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I’ve been by yours! I’ve missed so much! Anyway, it is nuts to think that there was someone who existed these phrases…so crazy since they are pretty much every day phrases now. It’s so bizarre to think about…thank you for sharing!

  • Thanks for sharing that. I never knew all of those were credited to him. And, we all still use them to this day all the time. Very cool.

  • Totally didn’t know, wow, interesting…

  • What an interesting list! It’s crazy that all this still exists–heck, I’m pretty sure I say a good 3 or 4 of those “phrases” on a daily basis. Shakespeare’s influence never ceases to amaze me.


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