Shakespeare added 30,000 new words to the English language

Shakespeare’s influence Changes in English at the time.

Early Modern English as a literary medium was unfixed in structure and vocabulary in comparison to Greek and Latin, and was in a constant state of flux. When William Shakespeare began writing his plays, the English language was rapidly absorbing words from other languages due to wars, exploration, diplomacy and colonization. By the age of Elizabeth, English had become widely used with the expansion of philosophy, theology and physical sciences, but many writers lacked the vocabulary to express such ideas. To accommodate, writers such as Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare expressed new ideas and distinctions by inventing, borrowing or adopting a word or a phrase from another language, known as neologizing. Scholars estimate that, between the years 1500 and 1659, nouns, verbs and modifiers of Latin, Greek and modern Romance languages added 30,000 new words to the English language


Words like:

Eyeball, Puking, Obscene, Cold-blooded, Hot-blooded, Epileptic, Addiction, Arch-villain, Assassination, Bedazzled, Belongings, Dishearten, Eventful, Fashionable, Inaudible ,Ladybird, Manager, New-fangled, Pageantry, Scuffle, Swagger, Uncomfortable, Bloodstained, Laughable, Negotiate, Outbreak, Rant, Marketable, Savagery, Jaded ,Zany ,Dawn, Grovel, Moonbeam, Torture, Lonely, Gnarled ,Mimic ,Pedant, Unreal