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Swagger
Swagger

That's right, Shakespeare was the original king of swagger. This word has truly taken on a new meaning of it's own in the last few years. It now means a certain sense of style or demeanor. In the past, it was just a verb that meant a certain style of walking.

Drug
Drug

No, Shakespeare wasn't a hippie, and he didn't invent drugs. However he did invent the way to use this word as a verb. To drug someone was a term that was completely thought up by Shakespeare.

Arouse
Arouse

Arouse is a great word that is funny to use when we are talking about you-know-what. It is also a great word to be used in situations such as speaking about arousing our senses. We have the Bard to thank for both meanings.

Seen Better Days
Seen Better Days

This popular phrase comes from Shakespeare but is still used widely today. This is used to describe people going through a rough time. It is often a response to the question of how someone is doing.

Rant
Rant

Rant is a great word, but it isn't something that we should do on Facebook. Before this word was invented, it might have been hard to call a rant anything other than just complaining. Shakespeare did complainers all around the world a great service by creating this word.

Puke
Puke

If you have ever been sick with the flu, you probably have first hand experience with this word. Puke is a funny word that many people laugh at, but it isn't as funny when it's happening to you. I bet little of us knew that Shakespeare invented this word.

Hurry
Hurry

We have all heard this word may times. This simply means that you must speed things up! It is cool that Shakespeare created a word that is so heavily used today.

Bet
Bet

This is simply one of the most simplistic words on the list, and one of the most used words today. The word "bet" can be used in slang terms as a replacement for the word "assume." It is also a word that is used daily in Las Vegas.

It's Greek To Me
It's Greek To Me

This is commonly said when people are trying to read instruction manuals for setting the time on your VCR. This phrase is said when you just simply don't understand things. Some people may even say this about some of Shakespeare's writing.

Hoodwink
Hoodwink

Trickery and deception were huge parts of Shakespeare's plays, so it only makes sense that he would invent a new word for the act. The word was first used in his play "The Tempest."

Unclasp
Unclasp

Shakespeare was well known for adding the "un" prefix to words. Remember that "Unsex me here" speech in MacBeth? "Unsex" may not have caught on, but "unclasp" is a great word that we still use today.

Played Fast And Loose
Played Fast And Loose

This is when someone doesn't really care about a thing or an individual. For instance, someone who cheats at a sport could play fast and loose with the rules. This phrase was derived from a game played by inmates, fast and loose.

Slept Not One Wink
Slept Not One Wink

We all know what it is like to be so excited, or worried, about something that you just stay up all night. The phrase comes from Shakespeare. When you think about the phrase it is quite clever.

Dwindle
Dwindle

This is truly a word that didn't dwindle away. The dictionary definition of this word is to gradually become smaller. When we think about it, there really isn't another word that means the exact same thing as "dwindle."

Have Your Teeth Set On Edge
Have Your Teeth Set On Edge

This is a very clever way of saying that you are very upset. This usually refers to clenching your teeth or jaw. This phrase can also be used when you are irritating someone else.

Besmirch
Besmirch

Besmirch is a word that sounds like it belongs in an old English poem. This word is regularly used in news when someone's reputation has been damaged. The lives of politicians wouldn't be the same without this word.

Knit Your Brows
Knit Your Brows

This is the expression that refers to the look that someone gets on their face when they are concentrated. This may also be the look someone gets on their face when they are frustrated. If you knit your brows while reading Shakespeare, you're either really focused on it or really frustrated by it.

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