Although it is debated whether or not he originated these, we can thank William Shakespeare for being the first to record these now common phrases in his famous works. Maybe he was just recording the language of his time or maybe he really did make them up. But either way they have shaped how we talk today. There are a good amount of people who don’t know why Shakespeare is so popular or argue that he is no longer relevant, but he is! And people don’t even realize it! I, and many others, quote the famous playwright everyday without even knowing.
Around 400 years ago, William Shakespeare was taking chances by using colorful language in his works. He was taking chances with the language he was using and now he is one of the most famous writers of all time. Besides these phrases, we can all learn a valuable lesson from Will: take chances with your writing! There are few people who become famous for being average. Add some color to your poetry, plays or prose by using some of the “The Bards” phrases or try making up your own. You never know what will stick!
Here’s another interesting blurb about Shakespeare’s language by Bernard Levin: http://inside.mines.edu/~jamcneil/levinquote.html
And a special “thank you” to everybody who submitted to this semester’s Centripetal. I can already tell it is going to be one of the best issues to date!