Did You Know? Shakespeare is Credited With Creating Over 1,700 Words

Did you know? Shakespeare is credited with creating over 1,700 words (seriously, you can check out multiple sources that all say the same).

His new words came about through his technique of “changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words wholly original,” according to Shakespeare Online.

Some of the words attributed to ol’ Willy are…

  • academe
  • accused
  • addiction
  • advertising
  • amazement
  • arouse
  • assassination
  • backing
  • bandit
  • bedroom
  • beached
  • besmirch
  • birthplace
  • blanket
  • bloodstained
  • barefaced
  • blushing
  • bet
  • bump
  • buzzer
  • caked
  • cater
  • champion
  • circumstantial
  • cold-blooded
  • compromise
  • courtship
  • countless
  • critic
  • dauntless
  • dawn
  • deafening
  • discontent
  • dishearten
  • drugged
  • dwindle
  • epileptic
  • equivocal
  • elbow
  • excitement
  • exposure
  • eyeball
  • fashionable
  • fixture
  • flawed
  • frugal
  • generous
  • gloomy
  • gnarled
  • gossip
  • green-eyed
  • grovel
  • gust
  • hint
  • hobnob
  • hurried
  • impede
  • impartial
  • invulnerable
  • jaded
  • label
  • lackluster
  • laughable
  • lonely
  • lower
  • luggage
  • lustrous
  • madcap
  • majestic
  • marketable
  • metamorphize
  • mimic
  • monumental
  • moonbeam
  • mountaineer
  • negotiate
  • noiseless
  • obscene
  • obsequiously
  • ode
  • olympian
  • outbreak
  • panders
  • pedant
  • premeditated
  • puking
  • radiance
  • rant
  • remorseless
  • savagery
  • scuffle
  • secure
  • skim milk
  • submerge
  • summit
  • swagger
  • torture
  • tranquil
  • undress
  • unreal
  • varied
  • vaulting
  • worthless
  • zany

(Source: Shakespeare Online, Images via Pixabay, Giphy)