“Brave New World” – The Tempest
Shakespeare ushered in a brave new world for the English language. An amazing 10 percent of his literary vocabulary was new to his audience, which amounts to nearly 22,000 words. Are you “fashionable” (“Troilus and Cressida”)? Soft-hearted (“Henry VI”)? Feeling a bit “lackluster” (“As You Like It”)? All three of those words are among Shakespeare’s greatest hits. What’s more, Shakespeare also invented quite a few names that were new to English. Jessica from “The Merchant of Venice” might be the most continuously popular name the Bard came up with.
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