Welcome to Wordy Wednesday! Every Wednesday we’re going to look at a cool word or phrase from one of Shakespeare’s plays. Shakespeare was something of a genius when it comes to creating new words. He was also good at using old words in new ways, using words that had always been verbs as nouns, and vice versa. And he invented some phrases that we still use today! In fact, some have been used so often throughout history that they are now cliches, which are expressions or phrases that are so overused that they lose their original, literal meaning.
We’re going to start our Wordy Wednesdays with the phrase “all that glitters is not gold.” Shakespeare used this phrase in his play The Merchant of Venice. Originally it was actually “all that glisters is not gold,” but over time “glisters” was replaced by “glitters.” Shakespeare was not the first person to ever use the phrase, but after it appeared in his play it became popular and entered everyday speech.
“All that glitters is not gold” is a pretty simple idea: not everything that looks showy or expensive is actually valuable. Think of fool’s gold, for example. Just because something is shiny doesn’t mean it’s gold!
See you on Friday for another new blog feature!