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shakespeare s language

Shakespeare’s Language

By Sammi, Amara and Ayrton

what is so important about shakespeare s language

It is powerful and meaningful. He puts lots of emotional words and is very dramatic with how he portrays his language. It was how the people spoke in that era . The English language has changed a great deal over the last few hundred years, and is still changing now. There was no dictionary yet published, no established grammar texts, no systematic study of English in schools so it was really significant that he could make up these kind of words. By the time he wrote his last play in 1613, Shakespeare had helped to establish a new grammar and a much wider vocabulary for the early form of modern English.

What is so important about Shakespeare's language?

Some of Shakespeares insults

  • Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death
  • Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat
  • No longer from head to foot than from hip to hip, she is spherical, like a globe, I could find out contries in her
  • Thou lump of foul deformity
  • Thou unfit for any place but hell
  • He heareth not, he stirreth not, he moveth not, the ape is dead
  • You kiss by the book
  • Why he's a man of wax
  • You should be women and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so
  • Whose horrible image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs
  • You egg, you fry of treachery
  • Fit to govern, No, not to live
  • I had rather be a toad, and live upon the vapour of a dungeon, than keep a corner in the thing I love for others uses
  • Damn her, lewd minx
  • You have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness
  • I do not like your look, I promise thee
  • You Banbury cheese
  • King Urinal
  • She's a great lubbery boy
  • Thou disease of a friend

Some of Shakespeare's famous lines

  • "I dedicate myself to your sweet pleaure." (Cymbeline)
  • "By'r lady, your ladyship is nearer to heaven than when I saw you last."
  • (Hamlet)
  • "I love you more than words can wield the matter, dearer then eye-sight,
  • space and liberty." (King Lear)
  • "Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you." (Merchant of Venice)
  • "O, how ripe in show thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow." (A
  • Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • "I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest." (Much
  • Ado About Nothing)
  • "I burn, I pine, I perish." (The Taming of the Shrew)
  • "How like a dream is this I see and hear! Love, lend me patience to forbear
  • awhile." (Two Gentlemen of Verona)
  • "To be, or not to be“
  • "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?"

Words invented by Shakespeare













control (noun)



  • critic
  • critical
  • dexterously
  • dishearten
  • dislocate
  • dwindle
  • eventful
  • exposure
  • fitful
  • frugal
  • generous
  • gloomy
  • pious
  • premeditated
  • radiance
  • reliance
  • road
  • Sanctimonious
  • seamy
  • sportive
  • submerge
  • suspicious
  • gnarled
  • hurry
  • impartial
  • inauspicious
  • indistinguishable
  • invulnerable
  • lapse
  • laughable
  • lonely
  • majestic
  • misplaced
  • monumental
  • multitudinous
  • obscene
  • palmy
  • perusal