1. Arch-Villain (Timon of Athens, Act V, Scene I)
This word is commonly used in movies and novels and means ‘the supreme or most powerful evil’. It is a classic example of inventing a new word by adding a prefix (arch).
2. Disturbed (Venus and Adonis, 1593)
Without this word, it would have been extremely difficult for patients to explain their sleep cycle or their mental health-related symptoms to their doctors.
3. Eventful (As You Like It, Scene VII)
How would you describe your day to your best friend, if this word did not exist?
4. Eyeball (The Tempest, Act I, Scene II)
Earlier, the word ‘eyeball’ did exist, but it meant only the visible part of the eye. Shakespeare used this word to refer to the whole ball of the eye, which is how the word is used currently.
5. Fashionable (Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene III)
What would the fashion industry have done without this word? How would you have judged the fashion sense of others if this word was non-existent?
6. Inaudible (All’s Well That Ends Well, Act V, Scene III)
Just by adding a negative ‘in’- prefix to an already existing word, Shakespeare invented so many new words such as indistinguishable, inauspicious, etc.
7. Pageantry (Prince of Tyre, Act V, Scene II)
Again, a commonly used word in the fashion industry and for beauty competitions, this word means an elaborate display or ceremony.
8. Scuffle (Antony and Cleopatra, Act I, Scene I)
The word ‘cuffle’ was earlier used as a verb, which Shakespeare used as a noun. This is a classic example of him using an existing verb and using it as a noun too. Writers have now got a synonym that they can now use instead for the word ‘fight’.
9. Swagger (Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III, Scene I)
A term that today’s youth use to define high levels of confidence along with subtle levels of arrogance and extreme pride was invented by Shakespeare. This word became widely used by all of Gen Z.
10. Uncomfortable (Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene V)
This is another word coined by Shakespeare by adding the prefix ‘un’. The word uncomfortable is widely used. It is hard to imagine that this word didn’t exist before Shakespeare invented it.