What has Shakespeare done for English?

It’s Shakespeare week. It’s well known that the Bard coined many phrases that we still use today. Did you know that these well used phrases were all penned by Shakespeare?

  • All that glitters isn’t gold
  • Be all and end all
  • Brevity is the soul of wit (a key one for some writers me thinks – Nick)
  • Eat out of house and home
  • Fair play
  • Heart of gold
  • It’s Greek to me
  • One fell swoop
  • The course of true love never did run smooth

For decades, schoolchildren have been forced to study Shakespeare without much of an emphasis on what he has actually achieved for the English language today. Reading plays, while important, is just one way to understand his impact. Perhaps, this Shakespeare week, we can all explore the richness of language the Bard has left us with.

What richness of language we will leave in our writing.

Published by Nick Taylor | Editor & Proofreader

Fiction editor and proofreader.

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