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Infographic: Forty Sayings We Owe to Shakespeare

It’s going on 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his impact is still felt in modern English. The following chart details close to 40 different sayings that are credited to Shakespeare, including "bated breath", "out of the jaws of death", and "in a pickle".

Some of the credits are probably erroneous, and others are corrupted versions of Shakespeare’s work, but even so it is still a surprise to see how modern idiom is still being influenced by a long dead playwright.

On a related note, does anyone know the original source of this image? I found this via Twitter, and I’d like to credit the creator.

40 sayins we owe to Shakespeareglobe theatre photo by D-Stanley


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Toryman August 24, 2015 um 2:05 pm

Baited breath v. Bated breath?

Nate Hoffelder August 24, 2015 um 2:08 pm

Good eye.

I usually catch that myself, but this time I missed it.

Geoffrey Kidd August 24, 2015 um 2:20 pm

"Baited" breath?????

puzzled August 24, 2015 um 5:31 pm

Well, the list is a bit fishy…

AC de Fombelle August 25, 2015 um 3:31 am


cool list. I found this source "A 20-year-old girl named Becky from London posted a picture of one of the pages of her Moleskine notebook on Tumblr."

Maybe that’s the original person to credit 🙂

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