FRUGAL = used for the first time in Merry Wives of Windsor in 1600.
LONELY = used for the first time in Coriolanus in 1608.
ANIMAL = used for the first time in Richard II in 1595.
PREMEDITATED = used for the first time in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1595.
CIRCUMSTANTIAL = used for the first time in As You Like It in 1600
The list could go on and on.
Interesting, too, are Shakespeare-created words that have not lasted. Here are a few:
SMILET = a little smile 🙂 GG loves this one!
DISCANDY = melt
RAZORABLE = adjective for a boy about ready to be shaved
Perhaps some of them can still become part of our language. Wouldn’t it be fun to notice a SMILET on someone’s face, or to note (with a smirk) that young Jimmy is almost RAZORABLE?
So remember, on April 23rd . . . . . Speak the speech, I pray thee.
Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon!