Shakespeare Trivia

When you hear William Shakespeare, what do you think of?  A bunch of boring, dusty books?  Your high school English class?  An affected, stuffy theater performance?  What if I told you that Shakespeare is more relevant to your life than you think?  In fact, Shakespeare might actually be a little cool.  I know, I know.  Right now you’re probably thinking, “What are you smoking, my man?”  Hear me out.  Shakespeare, yes THAT Shakespeare, was actually the creator of many phrases and stories that are a part of pop culture today.  Read on, and you just might learn something.

-The phrase “Wild Goose Chase” was first used by Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet!
-The term “Night Owl” first appeared in Shakespeare’s narrative poem “The Rape of Lucrece”!
-The word “Puking” was actually invented by Shakespeare in his play As You Like It!
-The film 10 Things I Hate About You was based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew!
-The popular phrase, “I’m in love with that boy named Romeo” originated from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet!
-The famous “I’ll have what she’s having” line from When Harry Met Sally was originally used by Macbeth in reference to Lady Macbeth’s simulated orgasm!
-“Aw, y’all stabbed Caesar?”  was actually first used by Caesar himself in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar!
-The entire lesbian make out scene from Wild Things was lifted straight from Merchant of Venice!
-The popular rhyme “When your driving down the road, and you’re butt tries to explode: Diarrhea, diarrhea.” first appeared in Antony and Cleopatra!
-“You’ve Got Mail” the phrase popularized by America Online and the inspiration for the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film, was first uttered by a computer in Twelfth Night!
-“Gimme a break!  Gimme me a break!  Break me off a piece of that Kit-Kat Bard” was Shakespeare’s popular catchphrase, and the inspiration for the Kit Kat bar jingle that is so popular today!


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