William Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers of all time. His works are still celebrated and are a mandatory read for all those who have a keen interest in the ENGLISH language. After all, the Bard’s influence does go way beyond his theatres and compositions.
Very few know about his contributions to the evolution of the English language. He was known to have a vocabulary of around 24,000 words – one that exceeds any writer, both in his time and the present.
The Bard’s works standardized the rules of the English language and its grammar, back in the 17th and 18th centuries. He is known for having enriched the language, adding numerous words and phrases to the dictionary of the English language.
The Shakespearean Dictionary
The novelty of the language used by him has an eternal appeal. It wasn’t just focused on the new words that were used by him. Shakespeare’s works have always been rich in irony and sarcasm.
“But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man”
Mark Antony’s quote from one of the most popular plays of the Bard, Julius Caesar, is a classic example of his signature sardonicism. His style of punching in irony with the correct amount of humor amuses his audience till date.
Here are a few of his timeless additions to the dictionary of the finest insults, some of which are in use even today.
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Well, Shakespeare sure knew how to deliver a mouthful of sarcasm in the classiest of ways!
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