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Phrases from Shakespeare
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:30:10 PM »
"The beast with 2 backs" came from Othello?  Really?

Who knew all of these common phrases entered the language from him... I knew there were a lot -0 but I had no idea this many.  A fascinating list of phrases that originated from the bard's works:


A countenance more in sorrow than in anger

A Daniel come to judgement

A dish fit for the gods

A fool's paradise

A foregone conclusion

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse

A ministering angel shall my sister be

A plague on both your houses

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

A sea change

A sorry sight

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio

All corners of the world

All of a sudden

All one to me

All that glitters is not gold / All that glisters is not gold

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players

All's well that ends well

An ill-favoured thing sir, but mine own

And shining morning face, creeping like a snail unwillingly to school

And thereby hangs a tale

As cold as any stone

As dead as a doornail

As good luck would have it

As merry as the day is long

As pure as the driven snow

At one fell swoop

Bag and baggage

Be all and end all

Beast with two backs

More:  http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/phrases-sayings-shakespeare.html

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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 07:43:17 PM »
I like the ones that people think came from Shakespeare but really originated somewhere else.

For example, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride" often gets the Shakespeare attribution. It's actually from a magazine ad for Listerine.
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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 08:03:18 PM »
Couldn't make it past the B's?
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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014, 08:25:40 PM »
I just didn't want to deprive you of the chance to discover them for yourself.
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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014, 09:52:40 PM »
That's a pretty good list but they forgot one or two.

       Hold my beer watch this

       I had to lay her down

       The check is in the mail

And I'll bet there are a few more I forgot.  :)
   
       
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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 02:17:29 AM »
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers
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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 08:31:55 AM »
Another little known Shakespearean rhyme.

I shit in London
I shit in France
Before I'd shit here
I'd shit my pants

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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 03:56:09 PM »
Here I sat all broken hearted,
Tried to shit,
but only farted.

With enough thrust, a pig flies just fine.

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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2014, 05:44:51 PM »
Which Shakespeare play was  Boba Fett in?
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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2014, 07:34:01 PM »
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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2014, 07:47:56 PM »
We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot
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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2014, 09:32:50 PM »
We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot

I'm  pretty sure that one's Francis Bacon.
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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2014, 12:22:38 PM »
We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot

I'm  pretty sure that one's Francis Bacon.

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Re: Phrases from Shakespeare
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2014, 05:12:02 PM »
My favorite

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