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40 Words You Can Trace Back To William Shakespeare

The first recorded use of hundreds of words can be found in the plays of the Bard. Here are just a few of the terms he coined, according to the OED.

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Note: these are all Shakespeare's coinages according to the OED. That doesn't necessarily mean he invented every word, merely that in each case, the first recorded written usage was in one of his plays.

UPDATE: The original version of this post, using Shakespeare Online as a source, contained words whose derivation is disputed. These disputed words have been removed.