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Surprising Sayings We Owe to William Shakespeare
The Stir ^ | 9-17-2011 | Jill Baughman

Posted on 09/17/2011 8:57:46 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

As a self-proclaimed loser word nerd, my absolute favorite class in college was Shakespeare. Regardless if the dude even existed or not, I feel intimidated writing about him using my own pathetically limited vocabulary, as I am that enthralled and marveled by his English language skillz (sorry, Will).

That's why I was so stoked to see the newest Tumblr hit sweeping the Internet world: "Things We Say Today Which We Owe to Shakespeare." There are so many things! I remember reading through his plays late at night for class, coming across phrases and sayings and having the light bulb in my head go off: So that's where that came from.

A 20-year-old from London named Becky scribbled down a bunch of these sayings in her notebook and posted it to Tumblr. And people love it! Who'da thunk it ... I mean, o, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is!

I guess this is proof that Shakespeare and technology actually can get along. Here are just eight of the best from the wonderment that is Becky's list:

Love is blind: "But love is blind, and lovers cannot see/The petty follies that themselves commit." -- Jessica, The Merchant of Venice (this phrase appears in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Henry V)

Knock knock! Who's there?: "Knock, knock, knock! Who's there, i' th' name of Beelzebub? Here's a farmer that hanged himself on the expectation of plenty. Come in time, have napkins enough about you, here you'll sweat for 't." -- Drunk or hungover porter, Macbeth

Green-eyed monster: "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!/It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock/The meat it feeds on." -- Iago, Othello

The world is my oyster: "Why then the world's mine oyster/Which I with sword will open." -- Pistol, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Wild goose chase: "Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done; for thou hast more of the wild goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I have in my whole five." -- Mercutio, Romeo & Juliet

In a pickle: "And Trinculo is reeling ripe: where should they find this grand liquor that hath gilded 'em? How camest thou in this pickle?" -- Alonso, The Tempest

Break the ice: "And if you break the ice and do this feat/Achieve the elder, set the younger free/For our access, whose hap shall be to have her/Will not so graceless be to be ingrate." -- Tranio, The Taming of the Shrew

Hair stand on end: "Thy knotted and combinèd locks to part/And each particular hair to stand on end/Like quills upon the fearful porpentine." -- Ghost, Hamlet

Did you know we had Shakespeare to thank for these phrases? I didn't!


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1 posted on 09/17/2011 8:57:50 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

“Fo shizzle mah nizzle” (I momentarily forget what play that was in.)


2 posted on 09/17/2011 9:00:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

He didn’t come up with that “Wait for it!” bull**** did he? I’d like to punch that guy in the mouth. Of course, I’d say, “Wait for it!” before I sucker punched him in the chops.


3 posted on 09/17/2011 9:02:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Mexico! Your poverty isn't America's problem.)
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To: kalee

For later


4 posted on 09/17/2011 9:04:56 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: kalee

For later


5 posted on 09/17/2011 9:04:59 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: kalee

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
William Shakespeare


6 posted on 09/17/2011 9:09:57 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Don't blame Michele Bachmann. Her parents had her vaccinated.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
Regardless if the dude even existed or not, I feel intimidated writing about him using my own pathetically limited vocabulary, as I am that enthralled and marveled by his English language skillz (sorry, Will).

The staggering dumbness of that "sentence" hurts my head...

7 posted on 09/17/2011 9:10:00 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

HAMLET
Lady, shall I lie in your lap?

OPHELIA
No, my lord.

HAMLET
I mean, my head upon your lap?

OPHELIA
Ay, my lord.

HAMLET
Do you think I meant country matters?

OPHELIA
I think nothing, my lord.

HAMLET
That’s a fair thought to lie between maids’ legs.

OPHELIA
What is, my lord?

HAMLET
Nothing.


8 posted on 09/17/2011 9:10:14 PM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: Flycatcher
It's all Greek to me.

For my part, it was Greek to me. William Shakespeare

9 posted on 09/17/2011 9:11:01 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Don't blame Michele Bachmann. Her parents had her vaccinated.)
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
Nothing to lose.

Having nothing, nothing can he lose. William Shakespeare

10 posted on 09/17/2011 9:12:33 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Don't blame Michele Bachmann. Her parents had her vaccinated.)
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To: Revolting cat!
“Fo shizzle mah nizzle” (I momentarily forget what play that was in.)

If I'm not mistaken, that was Henry XVII, part 4. Although it may have been Henry XVI, part 23. (Sorry, just too many Henry's to keep track of.)

11 posted on 09/17/2011 9:14:05 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob
It is in the stars.

It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions. William Shakespeare

12 posted on 09/17/2011 9:14:36 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Don't blame Michele Bachmann. Her parents had her vaccinated.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
Blow it out your ass.

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. -W. Shakespeare

13 posted on 09/17/2011 9:15:22 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

A noted surfer once told me that “Wipe out” was from Shakespeare.


14 posted on 09/17/2011 9:15:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
Go ahead, Makith my day.

Bill Shakespere

15 posted on 09/17/2011 9:21:11 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Revolting cat!

That wasn’t Shakespeare, but his little known office assistant Sir Mix-A-Lot.


16 posted on 09/17/2011 9:23:12 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Revolting cat!
A noted surfer once told me that “Wipe out” was from Shakespeare.

Act two, scene three, from The Merchant of Venice...Beach.

17 posted on 09/17/2011 9:23:24 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

shakespeare sayings


18 posted on 09/17/2011 9:26:07 PM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

“(Do the) Kool Step” - Shakespeare (Robbie).


19 posted on 09/17/2011 9:26:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Don’t know about “wipe out,” but “bite the dust” is Shakespeare.


20 posted on 09/17/2011 9:29:49 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

We are such stuff as dreams are made of, and our lives are rounded with a little sleep. - Prospero - “The Tempest.”


21 posted on 09/17/2011 9:33:33 PM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

I Believe you must be “in your cups”...Romeo and Juliet


22 posted on 09/17/2011 9:35:58 PM PDT by merryberry (not really but my fav Shakespeare)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

I Believe you must be “in your cups”...Romeo and Juliet


23 posted on 09/17/2011 9:36:01 PM PDT by merryberry (not really but my fav Shakespeare)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers!


24 posted on 09/17/2011 9:37:11 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: Revolting cat!

A plague on both your houses. Often rendered incorrectly as a POX on both your houses. ~ Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet


25 posted on 09/17/2011 9:41:40 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
A favorite from the Bard......."Had I a dozen sons, each in my love alike. I had rather have eleven die nobly for their country, than one voluptuously surfeit out of action."

8:}

26 posted on 09/17/2011 9:47:19 PM PDT by AwesomePossum (I have never looked this forward to a November II........)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Did he/you say light BULB? You talkin about those things we put in our lights and give off good light and some heat in the Northeast winter...Shakespeare? Talked lighbulbs. I think Gore just fainted.


27 posted on 09/17/2011 9:48:20 PM PDT by merryberry (Hoarding...)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

A common confusion in the sign....It’s bated breath as in weak and hesitant not baited...something done to mouse traps and fish hooks, not breath.


28 posted on 09/17/2011 9:50:01 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Revolting cat!
“Fo shizzle mah nizzle” (I momentarily forget what play that was in.)

"Merchant of Da Hood," I think.

29 posted on 09/17/2011 9:50:01 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Revolting cat!
“Fo shizzle mah nizzle” (I momentarily forget what play that was in.)

Or was it "The Taming of the Ho?"

30 posted on 09/17/2011 9:53:06 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Ciexyz

and make worms meat... of you.... Mercutio


31 posted on 09/17/2011 9:53:50 PM PDT by merryberry
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

I tried to get into Shakespeare, but it was just too full of clichés...


32 posted on 09/17/2011 9:57:48 PM PDT by null and void (Day 970 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: Bob

I thought it was in Henry XXIV...

;-P


33 posted on 09/17/2011 9:58:24 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

To thine own self be true.

Act1, Sc3, Hamlet


34 posted on 09/17/2011 10:15:34 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Ciexyz

and make worms meat... of you.... Mercutio


35 posted on 09/17/2011 10:23:02 PM PDT by merryberry
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To: Ciexyz

look for me tomorrow and you will find me a grave man


36 posted on 09/17/2011 10:26:01 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: FlyingEagle

That’s one of my favorite quotes. It begins with “Neither a borrower nor a lender be...”


37 posted on 09/17/2011 10:31:21 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: stormhill
I wooed thee with my sword

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
38 posted on 09/17/2011 10:31:41 PM PDT by Acrobat (Remind me again why I moved from Washington to California?)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

‘hairs’ breadth ‘scapes’ (Othello)


39 posted on 09/17/2011 10:37:31 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

The Romans previously put it something like “Graecum est; non potus legum” (it’s Greek; it can’t be read).


40 posted on 09/17/2011 10:37:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

Thereby hangs a tail!

Whereby hangs a tale?

Marry sir, by many a wind instrument that I know!


41 posted on 09/17/2011 10:39:19 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Allegra

What ho!?


42 posted on 09/17/2011 10:40:55 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Wipe out?

I think this was the first documented wipe out:

2 Kings 21:13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.


43 posted on 09/17/2011 10:42:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Revolting cat!

Actually “set you teeth on edge” is found in the Old testament. More specifically: “The sins of the father have set the teeth of the sons on edge”


44 posted on 09/17/2011 11:13:21 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Christ came not to make mankind into God but to put God into men!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool”

Borrowed from multiple verses in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.


45 posted on 09/17/2011 11:16:15 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Christ came not to make mankind into God but to put God into men!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

“pound of flesh. . .” from the Merchant of Venice.


46 posted on 09/18/2011 12:33:00 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: randog

Wouldn’t that be office assistant Snoop Dog?


47 posted on 09/18/2011 1:12:33 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
Will also had a liberal descendant in America named Phil Shakespeare who came up with these sayings:

1. (Insert the name of person who is not liberal) is Hitler.

2. The rich must pay their fair share.

3. It's time for change.

48 posted on 09/18/2011 1:22:30 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: Revolting cat!
“Fo shizzle ma nizzle”

Definitely from Julius Ceasar, as in

“Et tu, Brute?”

“Fo shizzle ma nizzle”. (for sure, my ni****)

Shakespeare was way ahead of his time in his Ebonics writing style.

49 posted on 09/18/2011 1:29:16 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Same here for that weak-a**ed....

"oh, wait..."

effluvia which I've been seeing way too much of lately.
50 posted on 09/18/2011 3:04:20 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, Ergo Conservitus.)
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