Language, Things You Probably Knew About

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW CHALLENGE – Phrases Shakespeare Coined

Lists are all over the internet, some think they’re smarter than you.


Bustle has a list of 14 Common Expressions That You Probably Don’t Know Were Invented By Shakespeare but did you know or is just clickbait?

This post is not meant to replace the Bustle list, but rather to test the truth whether you don’t know or not.

  • “What’s done is done” – Macbeth.
  • “Kill with kindness” – The Taming of the Shrew.
  • “Love is blind” – The Merchant Of Venice.
  • “Heart of hearts” – Hamlet.
  • “Sick at heart” – Hamlet.
  • “Heart of gold” – Henry V.
  • “Faint-hearted” – Henry VI.
  • “Stony-hearted” – Henry IV.
  • “Coldhearted – Antony and Cleopatra.
  • “Heart on your sleeve” – Othello.
  • “Not slept one wink” – Cymbeline.
  • “All that glitters is not gold” – The Merchant of Venice.
  • “Snail paced” – Troilus and Cressida.
  • “Break the ice” – Taming of the Shrew.


Take the challenge: do the survey to test the list.

~ DUG.


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