List of Common Words
Wrongly Attributed to Shakespeare
 
 
The internet is filled with misinformation regarding the number of words Shakespeare supposedly invented. One of the most persistantly stubborn numbers to appear all over the net is 1700 - the supposed magic number of words invented by Shakespeare.
 
Similarly, a number of pages present lists of wonderfully common words, all of which were supposedly created by the inventive and highly-quotable bard.
 
The vast majority of entries on these lists are simply wrong. (though, to be fair, some of the words that appear on the lists of older websites were later proven to have previously existed when the OED finally updated the entries for those words).
 
We have on another page listed the still-common words which Shakespeare does seem to have been the first to use. But here, we publish the much longer list of common words that our research has shown existed, and indeed appeared in published works, before they appeared in one of Shakespeare's works:
 
 
 
accessible
addiction
admirable
advertising
aerial
agile
allurement
amazement
anchovy
antipathy
apostrophe
arouse
assassination
auspicious
bandit
barber
baseless
batty
beached
bedabble
bedazzled
belly
bet
bethump 
bloody
blushing
blusterer
bodikins
braggartism
bump
buzzer
cake
caked
canopy
castigate
catastrophe
cater
changeful
cheap
chopped
circumstantial
clangor
comply
consanguineous
countless
critic
critical
cudgel
Dalmatians
dapple
dauntless
dawn
deafening
defeat
demonstrate
depository
dexterously
dire
disgraceful
dishearten.
dislocate
distasteful
distracted
distrustful
divest
doit
domineering
drugged
educate
emphasis
employer
emulate
enfranchisement
engagement
ensnare
enthrone
enthroned
equivocal
exist
expedience

            expertness
extract
fanged
fashionable
featureless
flowery
foppish
Franciscan
freezing
fretful
frugal
futurity
gallantry
gloomy
glutton
gnarl
grime
grovel
gust
happy
hereditary
hinge
hint
horrid
hurly
hurried
hush
impartial
impede
impertinent
importantly
inaudible
inauspicious
indirection
informal
inlay
invitation
invulnerable
jovial
juiced
kickshaw
label
lament
leaky
lower
luggage
lustrous
majestic
malignancy
manager
marketable
meditate
metamorphize
mimic
misquote
modest
mortifying
motionless
mountaineer
muddy
multitudinous
mutiny
negotiate
noiseless
obsequiously
ode
offenseful
offenseless
olympian
operate
pageantry
palmy
paternal
pedantical
pendulous
perplex
perusal
premeditated
profitless
Promethean
                 protester
published
puking
quarrelsome
radiance
rancorous
rant
rascally
reclusive
refractory
reinforcement
reliance
remorseless
restoration
restraint
retirement
revokement
road
roguery
rumination
ruttish
sacrificial
sanctimonious
sate
seamy
silliness
sire
sportive
squabble
stealthy
submerge
successful
sully
summit
supervise
suspicious
swagger
tardiness
threateningly
traditional
tranquil
transcendence
unaccommodated
unappeased
unbosom
unchanging
uncomfortable
undress
unfrequented
ungoverned
unhappy
unhelpful
unhidden
unlicensed
unmusical
unmuzzle
unpolluted
unpublished
unquestionable
unquestioned
unreal
unrivaled
unscarred
unscratched
unvarnished
unwillingness
useful
useless
valueless
varletry
vast
vasty
vaulting
vulnerable
whirligig
widen
widowed
wittolly
worthless
zany
 
 

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LISTS.

1. Master List of All Words “Invented” by Shakespeare, and links to detailed tables.

2. Still-Common Words First Appearing in a work by Shakespeare - a complete list.

3. Still-Common Compound Words First Appearing in a work by Shakespeare.

4. Common Words WRONGLY Attributed to Shakespeare.

5. Common Compound-Words WRONGLY Attributed to Shakespeare.

Did Shakespeare Really Invent Words?

Did Shakespeare Say it First? Common words and expressions commonly attributed to Shakespeare.

Why did Shakespeare invent words?

Methodology.

Exploring the Language and Invented Words of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

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