The 452nd anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth is coming. He is not only known as a timeless playwright, but also as a prolific inventor of words. :
Bandit- Henry VI, Part 2. 1594
Critic- Love’s Labour Lost. 1598.
Dauntless- Henry VI, Part 3. 1616.
Dwindle- Henry IV, Part 1. 1598.
Elbow (as a verb)-King Lear. 1608.
Green-Eyed (to describe jealousy)- The Merchant of Venice. 1600.
Lackluster- As You Like It. 1616.
Lonely- Coriolanus. 1616.
Skim-milk- Henry IV, Part 1. 1598.
Swagger- Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1600.
Shakespeare must have loved the prefix un- because he created or gave new meaning to more than 300 words that begin with it. Here are just a few:
Unaware- Venus & Adonis. 1593.
Uncomfortable- Romeo & Juliet. 1599
Undress- Taming of the Shrew. 1616.
Unearthly-A Winter’s Tale. 1616
Unreal- Macbeth. 1623
(Grammarly.com-Guest post from Mignon Fogarty)