Shakespeare’s Words…That Didn’t Catch On

Much has been talked about Shakespeare’s innovation with words – particularly his creation of thousands of words and phrases now in common usage as part of the English language. However, even Shakespeare was capable of the odd stinker…did you know that for all of Shakespeare’s newly invented phrases and words in use, there are plenty more that Shakespeare tried to launch but didn’t make the grade?

For example, swoltery, quatch, wappened, boggler, carlot and foxship were all words used for the first time in print in one or more of Shakespeare’s plays, but all quickly fell into disuse. See more info in this rather amusing clip from QI:

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