In all of his work – the plays, the sonnets and the narrative poems – Shakespeare uses 17,677 words: Of those words, Shakespeare invented an incredible 1,700 of them!

This list of words that we use in our daily speech were all brought into usage by Shakespeare:

  • accommodation
  • aerial
  • amazement
  • apostrophe
  • assassination
  • auspicious
  • baseless
  • bloody
  • bump
  • castigate
  • changeful
  • clangor
  • control (noun)
  • countless
  • courtship
  • critic
  • critical
  • dexterously
  • dishearten
  • dislocate
  • dwindle
  • eventful
  • exposure
  • fitful
  • frugal
  • generous
  • gloomy
  • gnarled
  • hurry
  • impartial
  • inauspicious
  • indistinguishable
  • invulnerable
  • lapse
  • laughable
  • lonely
  • majestic
  • misplaced
  • monumental
  • multitudinous
  • obscene
  • palmy
  • perusal
  • pious
  • premeditated
  • radiance
  • reliance
  • road
  • sanctimonious
  • seamy
  • sportive
  • submerge
  • suspicious

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  1. Mahie
    Mahie says:

    Ohh myy golly…..thank you sooo very much…This is really A-MAZE-ING!!!! I never knew these words were invented by William Shakespeare. Is this all that he invented or is more? Can you pleaase answer me back because I need too know…Thank-you vvery VERY much! (:

    • lizzi
      lizzi says:

      There are more words that Shakespeare invented such as: puke, bubble, and many more… He invented roughly 1,700 words by combining Latin roots, phrases and meanings…. Hope this helps(:

  2. Mohammed
    Mohammed says:

    THANK YOU all of the people that do this to us, you help me with my homeworks, I´m living in Spain, but my origin in Marroccan, have have to look at the dictionary this words, write it please…

  3. A Geek
    A Geek says:

    Thank you very much for helping me with my homework. I very much appreciate it – how do you know all of these wonderful facts and words Shakespeare invented. Geek :)


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