In a chance disagreement with an ex-(almost)friend, I proclaimed that some of Shakespeare’s lines are the most cliched phrases used. For example, ‘What’s in a name?’ or ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears…’. Hamlet is one of my favourite plays written by Shakespeare. To a person watching/reading Hamlet today, it would seem to be full of cliches. While one wonders at how the innovative phrases of that age have gained so much prominence as to be the cliches of today, one cannot refuse that they have been used, overused and abused beyond reparation.
Some things about Shakespeare are curiously interesting. Like he used the following words for sexual intercourse/orgasm :- activity, acture, angling, back-trick, banquet, boarding, buckling, capering, conflict, embattling, encounter, execution,
ferret, foining, grinding, horsemanship, husbandry, juggling, night-work, ploughing, tick-tack, tillage, voyage