I was cruising the JREF forums, and while I am very familiar with many of the phrases he coined and popularized in the English language, a post makes the claim.
Shakespeare coined about two thousand words. Most English speaking people quote Shakespeare >>at least once a day without knowing it.
yup....'bedroom', 'assassination', 'bump', 'road' to list a few. actually, the bard is credited with about 1700 words, added to the English lexicon.
While not "skeptical" per se of the claim, I would like to see it verified. My google fu turned up more "Shakespeare didn't write his stuff" nonsense than verification of this claim. And I figured it would be of interest to the community.
Is Shakespeare responsible for introducing about 1700 new words to the English language?