Thy mama’s so fat…
As most people know, Shakespeare was a prolific writer who invented many words and phrases which are now fixed as part of the English language.
In fact he invented well over 1,700 words or phrases, a colossal number when one thinks about it.
You may not even be aware of the words we use everyday that were coined by the great bard.
The following English words were all invented by Shakespeare, or at least his works contain the first known recorded usage of these words:
Obscene: Love’s Labours Lost, Act I, Scene i, Ferdinand to Costard.
“Then for the place where; where, I mean, I did encounter
that obscene and preposterous event, that draweth
from my snow-white pen the ebon-coloured ink, which
here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or seest;”
Skim Milk: Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene iii, Hotspur Soliloquy.
“O, I could divide myself
and go to buffets, for moving such a dish of
skim milk with so honourable an action!”
Eyeball: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III, Scene ii, Oberon to Puck.
“Then crush this herb into Lysander’s eye;
Whose liquor hath this virtuous property,
To take from thence all error with his might,
And make his eyeballs roll with wonted sight.”
Puking: As You Like It, Act II, Scene vii, Jaques to Duke Senior.
“They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.”
Hot-blooded: King Lear, Act II, Scene iv, King Lear to Regan.
“Necessity’s sharp pinch! Return with her?
Why, the hot-blooded France, that dowerless took
Our youngest born, I could as well be brought
To knee his throne, and, squire-like;”
The Game is afoot: Henry IV, Part I, Act I, Scene iii, Northumberland to Hotspur.
“Before the game is afoot, thou still let’st slip.”
Epileptic: King Lear, Act II, Scene ii, Kent to Cornwall.
“A plague upon your epileptic visage!
Smile you my speeches, as I were a fool?
Goose, if I had you upon Sarum plain,
I’ld drive ye cackling home to Camelot.”
Wormhole: The Rape of Lucrece.
“To fill with worm-holes stately monuments,
To feed oblivion with decay of things,
To blot old books and alter their contents,
To pluck the quills from ancient ravens’ wings.”
Alligator: Romeo and Juliet (First Folio), Act V, Scene I, Romeo Soliloquy.
“And in his needie shop a Tortoyrs hung,
An Allegater stuft, and other skins
Of ill shap’d fishes, and about his shelues,
A beggerly account of emptie boxes.”
An aspect of Shakespeare’s genius I enjoy is his penchant for sharp insults.
The list below was not created by us and is of unknown origin – rather than the usual stayed and boring four letter words, the next time you feel the need to comment on the cut of someone’s jib, try a Shakespearian insult.
Start with a Thy or Thou and then select one word from each column:
Thou pribbling toad-spotted strumpet
An on-line Shakespearian insulter based on the insult kit above is available here: http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/