2.Shakespeare has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language.
3.According to Shakespeare professor Louis Marder, “Shakespeare was so facile in employing words that he was able to use over 7,000 of them – more than occur in the whole King James Version of the Bible – only once and never again.”
4.William Shakespeare would have been considered a very controversial figure when he married a much older woman who was pregnant with their child.
5.Shakespeare never published his plays.
6.Copyright didn’t exist in Shakespeare’s time, so there was a thriving trade in copied plays.
7.Aside from writing 37 plays and composing 154 sonnets, Shakespeare was also an established actor.
8.Amongst the 80 languages Shakespeare’s works have been translated into, the most obscure must be the constructed language of Klingon.
9.The United States has Shakespeare to thank for its estimated 200 million starlings.
10.“William Shakespeare” is an anagram of “I am a weakish speller”, “I'll make a wise phrase”, “Lame Swahili speaker” and “Hear me as I will speak”.
11.The UK National Portrait Gallery’s inaugural portrait was of William Shakespeare.
12.The moons of Uranus are named after Shakespearean characters.
13.Shakespeare had close connections with King James I.