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May 12, 2020

Did Shakespeare Create These Common Phrases — True Or False?

To guess or not to guess, that is the question.

Shakespeare is credited with inventing many words and phrases. Are the following ones he created?

  1. "Love is blind."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This phrase appears in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene vi

    "But love is blind and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit; For if they could, Cupid himself would blush to see me thus transformed to a boy."

  2. "Knock knock! Who's there?"

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This phrase appears in Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act II, Scene iii

    "Here's a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key. [Knocking within.] Knock, knock, knock! Who's there, i' the name of Beelzebub?"

  3. "Chip on your shoulder."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This is not a phrase Shakespeare is credited with creating.

  4. "A piece of cake."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This is not a phrase Shakespeare is credited with creating.

  5. "One fell swoop."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This phrase appears in Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act IV, Scene iii

    "He has no children. All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop?"

  6. "For goodness' sake."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This phrase appears in Shakespeare's King Henry VIII, Prologue

    "Therefore, for goodness' sake, and as you are known the first and happiest hearers of the town, be sad, as we would make ye."

  7. "Catch a cold."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This phrase appears in Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Act I, Scene iv

    "Your hand; a covenant: we will have these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight away for Britain, lest the bargain should catch cold and starve."

  8. "Call it a day."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This is not a phrase Shakespeare is credited with creating.

  9. "Break the ice."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This phrase appears in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Act I, Scene ii

    "If it be so, sir, that you are the man must stead us all and me amongst the rest, and if you break the ice and do this feat, achieve the elder, set the younger free for our access, whose hap shall be to have her will not so graceless be to be ingrate."

  10. "Easy does it."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This is not a phrase Shakespeare is credited with creating.

  11. "The best of both worlds."

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    This is not a phrase Shakespeare is credited with creating.

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