We quote Shakespeare every day (without realising)

 How much of your speech is Shakespearean?

Chances are when you think you’re quoting the bible, you may well be quoting Shakespeare instead.

Shakespeare’s phrases and sayings have become so much a part of our everyday speech that we don’t even know we’re doing it.

Some of the Shakespearean phrases we use without thinking are:

  • A sorry sightThings we say today which we owe to Shakespeare.
  • A tower of strength
  • All’s well that ends well
  • An eye-sore
  • Dead as a doornail
  • Foul play
  • It was Greek to me
  • Laughing-stock
  • Love is blind
  • Mum’s the word
  • Set your teeth on edge
  • The game is up
  • Vanish into thin air
  • What’s done is done
  • The play’s the thing
  • The quality of mercy is not strained
  • The Queen’s English
  • The working day world
  • The world’s mine oyster
  • There is a tide in the affairs of men
  • There’s method in my madness
  • This is the short and the long of it
  • Though this be madness, yet there is method in it
  • Tis neither here nor there
  • To be or not to be, that is the question
  • Too much of a good thing
  • Unkindest cut of all
  • Up in arms
  • Vanish into thin air
  • We are such stuff as dreams are made on
  • We few, we happy few, we band of brothers
  • We have seen better days 

and many, many more. If you’d like to see the rest of the list, click here.


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