450 Years of Shakespeare

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Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!

I salute you for being one of the greatest and influential English writers of all time. I think we can all conquer that your works has given us high school and college students a massive headache with your early modern language (that’s correct – NOT Old English. We are not talking about Beowulf here. I have made this mistake before I took a Shakespeare class in college). Thankfully, I grew a penchant for your works as I am now an English literature major in college. Guess all that reading of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet turned me into a hopeless romantic. Wait a second, Romeo and Juliet were kinda just a group of angsty and hormonal teenagers. Guess Hollywood has truly romanticize this tragedy, and couples compare their own relationship with Romeo and Juliet. Hey silly folks, don’t forget about that ending… This makes Shakespeare a true literary icon for centuries because he has impacted so much on the entertainment industry, people in relationships, writers, and anyone who can’t help a tragic love story. So Shakespeare, thank you. I hope we can all achieve this kind of original insight on creativity as much as you did.

I think a lot of us can also thank you for coining these popular phrases // More on The Independent

– “For goodness sake” – Henry VIII

– “Mum’s the word” – Henry VI, Part II

– “Rant” – Hamlet

– “Knock knock! Who’s there?” – Macbeth

– “A wild goose chase” – Romeo and Juliet

– “Assassination” – Macbeth

– “Too much of a good thing” – As You Like It

– “A heart of gold” – Henry V

– “Fashionable” – Troilus and Cressida

– “Puking” – As You Like It

– “Bedazzled” – The Taming of the Shrew

– “Addiction” – Othello

“Send him packing” – Henry IV

– “Vanish into thin air” – Othello

– “Swagger” – Henry V

“There’s method in my madness” – Hamlet

– “Wear your heart on your sleeve” – Othello

– “Full circle” – King Lear

– “All of a sudden” – The Taming of the Shrew