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Can You Guess Who Invented These Everyday Words?

Sir Thomas who now?

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We all know Shakespeare had a knack with words, but you've likely never heard of Sir Thomas Browne, a prolific and highly influential 17th Century doctor and author who was no slouch in the etymology department.

According to a new book, The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century, Browne was "one of the most prolific wordsmiths in the English language," coining hundreds of words and rivalling Shakespeare for number still in use today.

But who coined what?

  1. 1.

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    William Shakespeare
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    William Shakespeare
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    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sian Butcher / BuzzFeed
    Sir Thomas Browne
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    First used by Browne in his Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646-1672).

  2. 2.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    First used by Shakespeare in Henry V, Act 1, Scene 1 (approx. 1599).

  3. 3.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646-1672).

  4. 4.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    First used in Coriolanus, Act 4, Scene 2 (Approx. 1606-1608)

  5. 5.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 3, Scene 1 (approx. 1590-1596)

  6. 6.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646-1672).

  7. 7.

    Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed
    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646-1672).

  8. 8.

    Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed
    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646-1672).

  9. 9.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Love's Labour's Lost, Act 3, Scene 1 (approx. mid-1590s).

  10. 10.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646-1672).

  11. 11.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3 (approx. 1606).

  12. 12.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    King Henry VI, Part II, Act 2, Scene 1 (approx. 1591).

  13. 13.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646-1672).

  14. 14.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Comedy of Errors, Act 5, Scene 1 (approx. 1589-1595).

  15. 15.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Twelfth Night, Act 3, Scene 4 (approx. 1601-1602)

  16. 16.

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    William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir Thomas Browne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646-1672).

Can You Guess Who Invented These Everyday Words?

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