Recent events have inspired politicians, pundits, and folks on the street to speak – shall we say – idiomatically. Any number of the printable idioms I’m hearing recently have been borrowed from William Shakespeare. Here’s to appreciating a brief sample:
“In a pickle”
from The Tempest
“Set your teeth on edge”
from Henry IV & The Winter’s Tale
“Not slept one wink”
“Makes your hair stand on end”
“The world is my oyster”
(Actually, the original was, “The world’s mine oyster”)
“Brave new world”
From The Tempest
“What’s done is done”
May all your idioms be as well-tested.
Big thanks to this week’s sources: An English Muse, MIT’s Complete Works of Shakespeare.
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