Links to Detailed Tables:
- Class 1 Words, Shakespeare Originals: all words, compound words, and phrases appearing for the first time in Shakespeare’s works.
- Class 1 Rejects: all words, compound words and phrases WRONGLY attributed to Shakespeare, including antedating citations and quotes.
- Class 1 Close Calls: all words, compound word and phrases which appeared in other author’s published works before they appeared in those of Shakespeare, but which may have still been written down first by Shakespeare, because the play may have been written prior to its appearance in another’s work.
- Class 2 Words: all prior-existing words which Shakespeare used for the first time in a different part of speech; also those Class 2 words WRONGLY attributed to Shakespeare.
- All Class 3 Words: prior existing words which Shakespeare used with the same part of speech, but gave a new meaning to.
I. Class 1 Words.
Words actually invented by Shakespeare, ie. words never before appearing in English writing prior to their appearance in the works of Shakespeare:
affectioned (entry adj.2, meaning “full of affectation”)
alligator (entry n.2, meaning the reptile)
note of admiration
all for one and one for all
to live long on the alms-basket
of great article