Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
Recently, in my Shakespeare class at SUNY Old Westbury with Professor Hegde, the class was given as assignment. It was “discuss whether and/or why Shakespeare should be considered a creative genius.”
It is a fact that the plots or storylines in all of Shakespeare’s plays (about 36 of them) were based on pre-existing sources, in many instances, stories by other authors, Plutarch’s lives, etc.
Shakespeare took these stories and fleshed them out. This included adding brilliant dialogue and turning the story into an interesting and historically correct play. There were no English dictionaries during his lifetime so Shakespeare coined and invented many words and phrases that are today considered integral parts of the English Llanguage.
You may be surprised at these additions to English, which had not yet been formalized. Some of his coined statements:
“Knock, Knock, Knock! Who’s there?”— Macbeth
“Neither an borrower, nor a lender be.”— Hamlet
“Parting is such sweet sorrow.”— Romeo and Juliet
“Neither rime nor reason.”— The Comedy of Errors
“To thine own self be true.”— Hamlet
“Too much of a good thing.”— As You Like It
“Wild-goose chase.”— Romeo and Juliet
“All the Worlds a stage and all the men and women merely players.”— As You Like It
Shakespeare’s vocabulary was 25,000 words; today’s college students’ vocabularies are somewhere around 5,000 words. Some more terms coined by William Shakespeare and still used today like amazement, birthplace, cold-blooded, dawn, eyeball, fashionable, generous, ill-tempered, jaded, love letter, majestic, outgrow, puppy dog, quarrelsome, rascally, schoolboy, tranquil, useful, vulnerable, well-behaved, yelping and zany.
Also: gossip, luggage, marketable, mimic, obscene, undress and submerge. More phrases: a fools paradise; foregone conclusion; sorry sight; dead as a doornail; bag and baggage; Ides of March; fairplay; good riddance; in stitches; heart’s content; tongue-tied; tower of strength; Greek to me; love is blind and vanish into thin air.
The English language today is certainly richer for the many words and phrases created by the genius of William Shakespeare.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Plainview Water District Board of Commissioners Joel Kessler, Andrew Bader and Edward Shulroff recently visited Plant No. 1 at Manetto Hill Road to review the progress of the district’s pavement restoration project and to check heightened security measures. The construction at Plant No. 1 is part of an extended series of capital improvements designed to enhance efficiency and productivity within the district’s facilities.
“We’re very pleased at the progress we continue to make at the Plainview Water District throughout the past 12 months,” Kessler said. There are a variety of ongoing projects, he added, and it is important that “my fellow commissioners and I thoroughly oversee each capital improvement” to ensure continued high-quality service.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00After six years of serving on the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education, former trustee, Angel Cepeda, decided not to seek re-election this past May 21, and recently took time to reflect on his tenure on the school board.
“It has been an honor to serve the Plainview-Old Bethpage community — while some may not have always agreed with my positions on various issues, I trust nonetheless that I was considered honest and principled,” Cepeda said.