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! (:
    -MAHiE!

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    • 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(:

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  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…
    THANKS, GRACIAS…

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  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 🙂

    Reply
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