William Shakespeare and how he contributed to the English language
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He wrote plays during the 16th and early 17th centuries, which became so popular within English literature that they have been performed and read in theatres ever since.
In celebration of his life and contribution to the English language, we have put together some interesting facts about him:
- Born: Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 April 1564 (or thereabouts). Died: Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 April 1616.
- William Shakespeare day is celebrated on 23 April! The date believed to be of his birth and death!
- Shakespeare invented over 1700 words, by turning nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives, connecting words together and inventing brand new words.
- He wrote plays such as Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth
- Shakespeare married his wife Anne Hathaway when he was 18. She was 26 and three months pregnant with Shakespeare’s child when they married.
- Fun fact: ‘William Shakespeare’ is an anagram of ‘I am a weakish speller’