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Interesting Name Facts with Julie Hackett — history

Names Coined by Shakespeare

Did you know that William Shakespeare is credited with adding literally hundreds of new words to the English language? In many cases, he turned nouns into verbs (like gossip, elbow and friend) he added the "un-" prefix (unaware, undress, unreal), he put words together (bedroom, lackluster) or created funny descriptors "green-eyed" (jealousy) and "wild-goose chase" (a hopeless quest).⁣

⁣He also "invented" a few female names along the way. These six names mostly owe their use to the Brilliant Bard.⁣

⁣𝗢𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗮 "𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗲" - from 𝘛𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘧𝘵𝘩 𝘕𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 - the lovely young Illyrian Countess whose wealth and beauty attract the pursuit of many would-be suitors; historians believe Shakespeare wanted an exotic-sounding name for his Illyrian...

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On March 17, every American is Irish for a day.

Celebrating the remarkable man known as Patrick, patron saint of Ireland.

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