4 Things you might not know about Shakespeare in Lifestyle

It's been 400 years since William Shakespeare died and his work is still affecting us today.

In his lifetime, he wrote 38 plays and hundreds of poems. Even if you haven't read or seen any of his work, you might have been influenced without even knowing it. Here's some fun facts about the Bard:


1. These common names come from his plays: 

  • Olivia (from Twelfth Night)
  • Miranda (from The Tempest)
  • Jessica (from The Merchant of Venice)
  • Cordelia (from King Lear)
  • Imogen (from Cymbeline, thought to have been a misspelling of Innogen)


2. So do these words:

  • Fashionable
  • Bedazzled
  • Lonely
  • Eyeball
  • Rant
  • Dawn
  • Unreal
  • Ladybird
  • Puking
  • Swagger


3. And these phrases:

  • Good riddance
  • Kill with kindness
  • For goodness sake
  • Knock knock! Who's there?
  • Wild goose chase
  • Laughing stock
  • Bated breath
  • Too much of a good thing
  • Love is blind


4. These films are based on his plays:

  • Get Over It (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (The Taming of the Shrew)
  • She's the Man (Twelfth Night)
  • West Side Story (Romeo & Juliet)
  • The Lion King (Hamlet)

You were probably much more familiar with Shakespeare than you actually thought!