Shakespeare’s Secret Double Life

by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books

William Shakespeare was a [expletive deleted] rebel.

He introduced 3,000 new words into the English language, including “frugal,” “skim milk,” “hint” and “bedroom.”

His vocabulary, it has been said, ranged from 17,000 to 29,000 words — double that of the average English speaker.

The Old Bard was a busy man. From 1564 to 1616, using 880,000 words, he wrote 40 plays and over 150 sonnets.

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