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What Shakespeare Did For The English Language
Shakespeare Lines and Quotes
"As well as being a prolific writer, William Shakespeare brought to us many words, phrases and descriptions that have long since entered common usage. See if you can spot where they came from, or who said them."
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To which play by William Shakespeare do we owe the phrase "green-eyed monster"?
If you have a difficult choice to make between two options, you might be said to be "in a pickle" From which Shakespearean play did the phrase originate?
The Taming Of The Shrew
She Stoops To Conquer
When we see someone overlooking a flaw in a true love's personality, we sometimes say "love is blind". In which of these plays did William Shakespeare use the phrase?
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Comedy of Errors
The Merchant of Venice
Love's Labour's Lost
Phrases from Shakespeare: Salad Days. Which Shakespearean heroine spoke of "My salad days when I was green in judgment"?
People who display their affections and enthusiasm openly are often said to wear their heart on their sleeve. Which Shakespearean villain said "...I will wear my heart on my sleeve..."?
When faced with a decision in which we recognise that one choice or outcome may have difficulties, we sometimes identify it by saying "There's the rub". In which famous passage did William Shakespeare use the phrase?
Hamlet's "To be or not to be" in "Hamlet"
Cassius's speech to Brutus in "Julius Caesar"
Henry encouraging his troops before the battle of Agincourt in "Henry V"
Richard's "My kingdom for a horse" plea in "Richard III"
Nick Lowe sang "You've got to be cruel to be kind, in the right measure" but which character did Shakespeare have say "I must be cruel only to be kind"?
The other day I went looking for the end of a rainbow to see if I could find a pot of gold there, but it was a wild goose chase. Before I wrote this quiz I didn't realise that "wild goose chase" came from a play by William Shakespeare. Which one?
As You Like It
Much Ado About Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
The phrase "the dogs of war" is one with a Shakespearean background. In which play did it appear?
All's Well That Ends Well
Measure For Measure
Did you ever see that television advertisement where a dog, a cat, and a mouse settled down happily in front of an open fire? Weren't they "strange bedfellows"? Where did William Shakespeare use that phrase?
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Comedy of Errors
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