Got Swagger? You Have Shakespeare to Thank (The Atlantic)

Wordsmith William Shakespeare


The same continually evolving English language that has recently brought us “Google” as a verb and “mini-me” to describe a person resembling a smaller or younger version of another, has long benefited from the contributions of famous authors. Shakespeare is said to have invented more than 1,700 words, including “swagger” and “obscene,” and we have none other than Dr. Seuss to thank for “nerd.” The Atlantic has compiled a few of its favorite literary neologisms.

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