Thursday 13: Shakespeare

Today I’ll tell you a few phrases and expressions that Shakepeare  coined.  shakespeare_chandos

  • The “green-ey’d monster” made its first appearance in print in Othello (III.3)
  • Ever wondered what you saw in a man when it was over? At the time you’ve probably been in your “salad days” like Cleopatra. Antony and Cleopatra (I.5)
  • Aldous Huxley revived the “Brave New World” from The Tempest (V.1) in 1932
  • “A Dish fit for the Gods” is not necessarily a delicious meal, as we know from Julius Caesar (II.1)
  • It is up to you to decide whether “Her Infinite Variety” is a good or a bad thing in Antony and Cleopatra (II.2)
  • Macduff’s family was erased in “one fell swoop” by the hell-kite Macbeth. Macbeth (IV.3)
  • When you say “the play’s the thing”, you might not have exactly the same intention as Hamlet had. He wanted to get proof of fratricide, after all. Hamlet (II.2)
  • Let us hope you will never have to give “a pound of flesh” when defaulting on a debt. The Merchant of Venice (IV.1)
  • Ever seen “a sorry sight”? Probably it won’t be as bad as the one Macbeth is talking about. Macbeth (II.2)
  • “Sweets for the sweet” are not always candy for the cutie you are going out with. Hamlet (V.1)
  • Better not express your desire of “too much of a good thing” in public. People might be embarrassed by it. As you like it (IV.1)
  • On the other hand Lady Macbeth’s wish that scheming spirits “unsex me [her] here” has no sexual connotation at all. Macbeth (I.5)
  • The first “wild-goose chase” was one of wits, namely Romeo’s and Mercutio’s. Romeo and Juliet (II.4)

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