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. ayad hammad
    ayad hammad says:

    I do not know how to thank the site’s creator because this site helped me too muchhhhhhh in writing and finishing up the paper about literary pragmatics ( The Speech Act Analysis of ……). Once more thanks for the site’s creator.

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  2. Chelsea
    Chelsea says:

    Hi. I’m pretty sure that Shakespeare did not invent the word “pious” as Plato (a philosopher) used it in a few of his dialogues way before Shakespeare was even born. Just letting you know 🙂

    Btw, Shakespeare is awesome <3

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  3. Sergio Morales
    Sergio Morales says:

    Of those words I used 31 today alone! All the words he invented are very common espicially aerial, suspicious, and lonely.

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  4. Lily Jew
    Lily Jew says:

    I absolutely love shakespeare he is such an inspirational character to me and he is the one I wake up in the morning for although this isn’t good information.

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  5. Elahe
    Elahe says:

    i love Shakespeare, he was a genius without university education!
    would you tell me which one of his neologism is utilised just in his sonnets?
    i need it for a research.
    thanks so much.

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