Shakespeare is a right of passage for virtually every student and not always a welcome one. The language is aracane and unfamiliar. But it is this language -- florabundant and ingenious that continues to fascinate.
In his collected works, he used over 21,000 separate words. And of these he invented nearly one of twelve – approximately 1800 words and phrases. No doubt, He was he world’s premier rap artist. It is a remarkable feat of wordsmithing – even with the understanding that some of the words were simply the earliest attestations or variations of words in common usage.
Here are just a few:
Creativity is about finding new dresses for old passions – recombining ideas and motifs.
The Urban Dictionary is a great resource for creative additions to the language – like “selfie” -- a self-photo taken at arm’s length intended for Facebook or other media uploads.
Or “wowthritis.” It’s the gnarled shape of your hands and arms after playing several hours and/or days of World of Warcraft. "Arab Spring" and "mumpreneur" are among the new words and phrases that have entered the latest edition of a major dictionary.
So today, take a short break and invent your own word. As Shakespeare would say, "zany." Use it, spread it, publish it. It’s a creative act worthy of the Bard.
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