Shakespeare Word Challenge

Thanks to, for helping us see another list of 20 words we wouldn’t be able to iterate today without the help of The Bard. Words such as assassination, bedazzled, cold–blooded, fashionable, scuffle, swagger, and more… It’s amazing what this guy brought to the table. So, because of this, I thought of the Shakespeare Word…

Shakespeare Word Challenge was originally published on Shakespeare for Kids Books


13 Words first penned by Shakespeare

As we all know, Shakespeare wrote a lot of words.  Many of which he made up on the fly, or simply was the first one to actually write them done.  Regardless, he alone added somewhere upwards of 5,000+ words and phrases to the English language.  Some of these, we use every day.  Here’s a list of 13 words first penned by Shakespeare:
13 words penned by Shakespeare


Quote: “Forced in the ruthless, vast, and gloomy woods?” – Titus Andronicus


Quote: “Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.” – The Merchant of Venice


Quote: “This is a most majestic vision” – The Tempest


Quote: “Believe’t not lightly – though I go alone / Like to a lonely dragon that his fen -Coriolanus


Quote: “For by the sacred radiance of the sun” – King Lear


Quote: “Lives, honors, lands, and all hurry to loss.” – Henry VI Part 1


Quote: “Free me so far in your most generous thoughts / That I have shot mine arrow o’er the house / And hurt my brother.” – Hamlet


Quote: “Chid I for that at frugal Nature’s frame?” – Much Ado About Nothing


Quote: “For I am nothing if not critical” – Othello


Quote: “To courtship and such fair ostents of love” – The Merchant of Venice


Quote: “Some carry-tale, some please-man, some slight zany” – Love’s Labour’s Lost


Quote: “Madam, undress you and come now to bed.” – The Taming of the Shrew


Quote:”I’ll rant as well as thou.” – Hamlet


13 Words first penned by Shakespeare was originally published on Shakespeare for Kids Books