It’s fairly well documented that William Shakespeare coined a lot of words (sources go as high as 2000) that we use commonly today:
There are also scads of phrases that he was the first to use and that we still use today:
- Seen better days
- Too much of a good thing
- Love is blind
- Set your teeth on edge
- The game is up
Unfortunately, having seemingly absorbed the rules of language and grammar in my youth, I am often (read “always”) torn when I come across a new word. Part of me wants to send these new words to the trash can and part of me wants to embrace new words wholeheartedly. After all, think how unimaginative English would be if we hadn’t embraced “gentlefolk” or “jaded” or “pendantical”?
This week, I heard the word “bleisure” (combination of business and leisure travel) and I was a little appalled. If there is business, can there truly be leisure? Even my trip to Kenya and Tanzania, which was devoid of clients and official business, still felt like a business trip to me as I was surrounded by travel professionals from other companies. But I suppose there are plenty of people out there who can combine business and pleasure, making the word “bleisure” useful. I just can’t see myself ever using it.
Anything new bugging you this week?