Infographic: 75 words invented by Shakespeare


Printerland is the UK’s largest independent printer hardware and ink & toner cartridge reseller. They are proud to have an ongoing commitment to providing support in and around the local community. From their sponsorship of local charity events to providing opportunities for youngsters in schools and organisations around the country, Printerland continue to share their success with those who need our support the most.

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In order to celebrate Shakespeare 400 week, Cheshire-based company Printerland have created an infographic to share their 75 favourite Bard-coined terms. Including the likes of “mimic”, “arouse”, “puking” and “hob-nob”, the display illustrates the powerful impact Stratford’s finest had on the English language as we know it, while revealing where these words were first used.

“It’s not every day the greatest wordsmith in the history of the English language celebrates his 452nd birthday (or the 400th anniversary of his death, for the morbid),” said Printerland marketing manager Christian Ralph, “so we thought it only fitting to celebrate one of Shakespeare’s greatest achievements – padding out the English Dictionary with the huge number of words he created.

“Although William Shakespeare is thought to have invented more than 1,700 different words, we have painstakingly picked our favourite 75 literary concoctions. Many of these words have become a huge part of our language – I mean who doesn’t say Hob Nob every single day? Re-prints of his back catalogue have sold upwards of an estimated four billion copies around the world. This places him as the joint best-selling author of all time (alongside Agatha Christie), as well as keeping all of us printer companies busy and content.”

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