William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays between 1590 and 1613.
Language at the time was still developing and as a result many of Shakespeare’s words and phrases became used in everyday language.
Shakespeare’s language quiz
Test your knowledge of these words and phrases by matching the 12 words and phrases to their meaning.
|‘Wild goose chase’ (Romeo and Juliet)||Jealousy|
|‘Green-eyed monster’ (Othello)||When in love you can’t see that person’s faults|
|‘Arch-villain’ (Timon of Athens)||Having too much of something you like|
|‘Dishearten’ (Henry V)||A foolish and hopeless search|
|‘Fair play’ (The Tempest)||The beginning of a joke|
|‘Love is blind’ (The Merchant of Venice)||The whole thing. The last word.|
|‘Break the ice’ (The Taming of the Shrew)||Lose confidence or determination|
|‘Heart of gold’ (Henry V)||Following current style|
|‘Fashionable’ (Trolius and Cressida)||A kind person|
|‘Knock, knock! Who’s there?’ (Macbeth)||Respect for the rules|
|‘You can have too much of a good thing’ (As You Like It)||To start a conversation with a stranger|
|‘Be-all, end-all’ (Macbeth)||An evil person|
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