07 June 2006

Some Examples Of Shakespeare's Influence

Here are two interesting lists showing Shakespeare's influence on our language: Some Words First Used By Shakespeare and Lines From The Plays. The first list contains words that are now part of our everyday life: advertising, manager, numb. Mind you, some of these I have a hard time believing were first used by Shakespeare. Did no one else ever mention Xantippe before he did? The second list contains phrases that have become cliches (such as "budge an inch" or "cold comfort"). This is the companion site to the 2001 book The Shakespeare Book Of Lists. Via kottke.

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