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Shakespeare Day 2019: 10 words we owe to William Shakespeare

Shakespeare is said to have contributed almost 3000 words to the Oxford English dictionary. Here are the 10 powerful words that we regularly use and owe to William Shakespeare.

books Updated: Apr 23, 2019 07:49 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Delhi
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Shakespeare’s works are known to have 2200 words that have been never used before. (File Photo)

Playwright, poet and writer, William Shakespeare is said to have been born on April 23. The literary genius wrote approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets and 2 long narrative poems. The Bard of Avon was a poet, a playwright and also an actor. He contributed heavily to the world of literature and to the English language on a whole. His plays have been translated and performed in several languages. A number of movies and theatre pieces have been adopted from his famous plays which in turn have been translated into a number of languages.

Shakespeare is said to have contributed almost 3000 words to the Oxford English dictionary.

Here are the 10 words we use every day and most definitely owe to William Shakespeare:

Addiction: (Othello Act II, Scene II) - The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity.

Assassination: (Macbeth Act I, Scene VII) - Murder (an important person) for political or religious reasons

Belongings: (Measure for Measure, Act I Scene I) - The things that you own which can be moved, for example not land or buildings

Eventful: (As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII) - Full of things that happen, especially exciting, important or dangerous things

Fashionable:(Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene III) - Used or visited by people following a current fashion.

Manager: (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V, Scene I) - A person responsible for controlling or administering an organization or group of staff.

Swagger: (Henry V, Act II, Scene IV/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III, Scene I) - A very confident and arrogant or self-important gait or manner.

Uncomfortable: (Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene V) - Causing or feeling slight pain or physical discomfort.

Dishearten: (Henry V, Act IV, Scene I) - Having lost determination or confidence

Bedazzled: (The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Scene) V - To impress forcefully, especially so as to make oblivious to faults or shortcomings.

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First Published: Apr 23, 2019 07:48 IST