Shakespeare's 450th Birthday: 45 Everyday Phrases That He Coined


Happy 450th birthday, William Shakespeare! You don't look a day over 449.

And if you want to use this opportunity to brush up your Shakespeare, well, you might actually find that you know more of the Bard's work than you think.

For here are 45 common phrases and sayings that were coined by him - or at least popularised by his works. Yes, if you've ever caught a cold, fallen victim to the green-eyed monster or eaten someone out of house and home, you are, in the words of Bernard Levin, quoting Shakespeare...

Everyday Shakespearean phrases

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