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How Main Words Did Shakespeare Invent?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2389  Tuesday, 10 December 2002

From:           Stuart Hampton-reeves <
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Date:           Monday, 09 Dec 2002 14:04:14 +0000
Subject:        How Main Words Did Shakespeare Invent?

I am intrigued by the statistic from the BBC (quoted by Al Margery in
his recent post on the Great Britons series) which credits Shakespeare
with inventing no less than 1700 words. I've heard similar claims
before, of course, and I've often wondered how true they are. I also
spent some time recently trying to track down (with no success)
Shakespeare's use of the phrase 'but me no buts' for a linguistics
colleague who had found numerous references to it as Shakespeare's
invention on the internet.

Stuart Hampton-Reeves

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