19 Phrases Coined By William Shakespeare We Still Use Today

This month is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare.

The Bard gave us great works of literary excellence, yet you don’t have to be a fan to have felt their impact.

That’s because a number of phrases and sayings we still use today were buried within those texts.

Here are 19 phrases that were given to the English language by Shakespeare.

1. “With bated breath” - The Merchant Of Venice

2. “The be all and end all” - Macbeth

3. “Break the ice” - The Taming Of The Shrew

4. “Dead as a doornail” - Henry VI, Part II

5. “Faint-hearted” - Henry VI, Part I

6. “Wild-goose chase” - Romeo And Juliet

7. “Laugh yourself into stitches (in stitches)” - Twelfth Night

8. “Zany” - Love’s Labour’s Lost

9. “I will wear my heart upon my sleeve” - Othello

10. “What’s done, is done” - Macbeth

11. “At one fell swoop” - Macbeth

12. “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it (There’s method in my madness)” - Hamlet

13. “Spotless reputation” - Richard II

14. “Laughing-stock” - The Merry Wives Of Windsor

15. “Eaten out of house and home” - Henry IV, Part 2

16. “Fair play” - The Tempest/King John/Troilus And Cressida

17. “In a pickle” - The Tempest

18. “Send him packing” - Henry IV, Part 1

19. “Too much of a good thing” - As You Like It

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