What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word Shakespeare???
As a numbers person and if I am being completely honest, I kind of groan. High School and College Lit weren't my particular strong suits. So I was very surprised to see this article on "Shakespearean Phrases We Still Use Today". Here are just a few of my favorites:
Wild Goose Chase
Inspired by the erratic flying patterns of the bird, a goose chase was a game where riders trained their horses to conduct a series of difficult maneuvers, which others had to copy. Sort of like a game of HORSE, but with actual horses. In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio mentions, “Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done.” Knowing how things turn out for the Mercutio and the young lovers, it makes sense that this phrase refers to a fruitless and complex (if not tragic) game of pursuit.
Love Is Blind
Chaucer coined it back in 1405, but Shakespeare popularized this phrase. In The Merchant of Venice, Jessica wistfully explains, “But love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that they themselves commit.”
It’s All Greek to Me
Not sure what’s going on? Apparently neither did Roman Casca in Julius Caesar, when he said, “But those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me.”
Knock, Knock! Who’s There?
Congrats, Shakespeare! You are the father of the knock-knock joke. While used to cheesy effect today, when uttered by the Porter in Macbeth, Shakespeare is demonstrating a deft sense of cleverness.
How many do you still use? You can read the full list by clicking Here or the picture.
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