Shakespeare September- Day 22: Phrases

Apologies, but got a bit backlogged with these posts recently! Colds + shows + reviews + actual work = busy week!

Today’s blog is about the words and phrases which have their origins in Shakespeare. I’m always amazed at how many ones we use on a daily basis, and even in surprising contexts. For example, some argue that Shakespeare came up with the first ‘Knock Knock’ joke in Macbeth:


knock, knock! Who’s there, i’the name of

And it’s not just that, there are many more phrases we attribute to the Bard. Thanks to Bernard Levin, some of them have been amalgamated into this rather amazing poster, which you can see a giant copy of at Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition and you can purchase on their website.



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