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Shakespeare coined an estimated 1, English words. Coined by Shakespeare discusses many of these coinages, citing the play and context of each and how the word has—or hasn't—continued to be used in the ensuing centuries. The word discussions in the book are arranged alphabetically and read like an etymological dictionary. Many of the words he penned are new forms of existing words; he invented them by doing things like using a noun form of what had only been used as a verb or adding prefixes a Shakespeare coined an estimated 1, English words.

Many of the words he penned are new forms of existing words; he invented them by doing things like using a noun form of what had only been used as a verb or adding prefixes and suffixes.

Some came from names, like pander, which he derived from the character Pandarus in The Iliad. Others, like alligator, came from Spanish el lagarto, "the lizard. As much as I enjoyed the entries, after a while I wondered why I was reading every page of a book that was in essence a dictionary. Part of the answer lies in the interesting nature of the entries, but what really kept me reading were the quizzes interspersed between each letter of the alphabet's entries.

I matched first and ending lines to the plays they came from, answered questions about movie versions of the plays, determined what was fact and what was tradition about Shakespeare's life, took a multiple choice quiz on the Globe theatre, and a lot more. I love quizzes and enjoyed taking them with my daughters and husband. Next time I teach Shakespeare, I will probably include some of the information about Shakespeare's coinages in the course, but I will definitely use some of the quizzes as a class activity. May 30, Xin rated it really liked it Shelves: word-lovers-bibliography.

From auspicious to zany, this compendium is organized alphabetically, and features quizzes for 16th century buffs. Wendell Community Library will be closed Monday, Sept. It will reopen Saturday, Oct. McQuain, J.

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