I was going to talk about making words and phrases, but I realized that I haven’t done anything like that. In fact, most people don’t or won’t notice until they are long gone because you need time to see what sticks. Makes me wonder how many authors lived long enough to see some of their creations become permanent fixtures of the lexicon. Of course, this makes me think of Shakespeare.
I’ve always been surprised by how many phrases and words came from this man. I would have loved to be in the room when he came up with them. What did people think? We look at phrases like ‘green-eyed monster’ and ‘ break the ice’, but they are so common that they have no effect. Imagine hearing them for the first time though. It had to be confusing and require an explanation to some extent. Probably even ignored or mocked at first, but then these determined phrases managed to wriggle into permanency. Did Shakespeare ever expect this?
What do you think of this topic? Have you ever wondered about the origin of common phrases? Do you have a favorite?