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William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday: 50 Everyday Phrases That Came From the Bard

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- 1518 days ago -
Happy 450th birthday William Shakespeare. Your plays are still the pinnacle, your poetry among the finest and many phrases you coined are still in wide usage.

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Freya H (357)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 4:52 pm
Just a heads-up: If ever you're going to be in Atlanta for a substantial time, I highly recommend The Shakespeare Tavern downtown. Look it up, get tickets, you'll be glad you did! (No, I am NOT being compensated for this - I just love the Shakespeare Tavern.)

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 4:55 pm
Noted with thanks Carrie. 450 years later, I still use some of his phrases...actually almost all. Happy Birthday William Shakespeare. I don't know if the high school or college have to study Shakespeare or not, but we did.

Clare M (80)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 7:06 pm
Shame he died on his birthday 52 years later :-(

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 7:52 pm
Wish he was still with us!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 4:28 am
Thanks for sharing Carrie.

Anne P (174)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 5:28 am
Very interesting! Thanks, Carrie.

Lindsay K (6)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 6:31 am
Very interesting - thanks for sharing!

Vallee R (280)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 7:51 am
Thanks Carrie - interesting!

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 10:13 am
I enjoy Shakespeare's works ; ) Thanks for sharing. Like Freya's comment and if you get the chance to go to the Shakespeare festival in Stratford Ontario do so!

Sheila D (194)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 10:27 am
Back in 1964-5 we had to read many of the Bard's works, except for the Taming of the Shrew. It was inappropriate reading material for high schoolers. As a senior, I made sure to get a copy at the public library. Read it and couldn't figure out what was so terrible...of course, I didn't understand some of it. Read it again when in my thirties and loved it. What a difference an age makes. Thanks for the memories, Carrie.

Lona G (80)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 12:43 pm
Thanks Carrie, I love to see how the Bard is still among us.
I enjoy reading his work, especially the dramas, and watching a good performance of a play. Or a play turned into a good film.
Shakespeare towers over all others through his word use, the way he brings his characters to life and above all through his timeless psychological insight into his fellow man.

Judith Hand (55)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 3:58 pm
Noted, tweeted, tumblr'd and need to go back again.

Barbara T (431)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 4:05 pm
I re-read a favorite play like "Hamlet" every year - and each time, I get something MORE out of it, see something I didn't see before in it - same with every performance I go to. As one ages and gets more experience, one brings more to the understanding of the plays.
For example, I didn't know there were people, like Iago in Othello, who just loved to be evil for evil's sake - until I actually met someone like that, someone that scary.

Kate Kenner (215)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 4:08 pm
It seems he shares his birthday with my daughter if his birthday is today. She has enjoyed his works since she was in 8th grade.

Kate Kenner (215)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 4:09 pm
Or maybe 6th grade-somehwre between 6th and 8th. Just thinking aloud online.

Jordan G (37)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 4:38 pm
Methinks ... this is tres cool.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 6:22 pm
I knew that he had written plays but I didn't know that he coined so many phrases we use now from them. I'm thankful for his use of words and stories.

Debra G (0)
Friday April 25, 2014, 12:55 am
"This above all: to thine own self be true," "Et tu, Brute?" "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." That's just off the top of my head.

Debra G (0)
Friday April 25, 2014, 12:57 am
Oh, and I recommend the (Ashland) Oregon Shakespeare Festival - always several brilliantly staged plays in a lovely replica of The Old Globe theatre.

Julie W (32)
Friday April 25, 2014, 4:21 am
I don't think anyone has had such an influence on the English language as Shakespeare. And it never goes out of fashion.

. (0)
Sunday April 27, 2014, 12:01 pm
Great article-thanks

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday April 27, 2014, 5:10 pm
Thanks for the article.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Monday April 28, 2014, 5:27 am
Thanks for posting this.....I've grown up on Shakespeare.....

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday April 28, 2014, 10:06 pm
Will we ever learn for certain, if Shakespeare wrote his own plays or stole the writings?

Melania Padilla (122)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 12:53 pm
Love this post, thank you!

Past Member (0)
Monday June 2, 2014, 4:22 am
Thanks for this post. William Shakespeare introduced thousands of words and phrases into the English language which we use today. Shakespeare invented over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words adding prefixes and suffixes---devising the words wholly original.
I pay my tribute to William Shakespeare on his 450th birthday. On 26April 1564 Shakespeare was baptised and he passed away on 23 April 1616. Historians believe Shakespeare was born on the day in 1564, the same day he died in 1616.
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