Shakespeare Died 400 Years Ago Saturday, Yet His Language Lives On In These Common Phrases

There's a good chance the Bard invented the knock-knock joke.

23/04/2016 5:11 AM AEST | Updated 23/04/2016 5:11 AM AEST
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A woman takes a selfie in front of a portrait of William Shakespeare on April 21, 2016 in Moscow. April 23 is the 400th anniversary of the wordsmith's death.

If brevity is the soul of wit, we probably aren't doing Shakespeare any favors by drawing out his best lines for nearly half a millennium.

Then again, the best we've collectively come up with lately are words like "selfie," aka the Oxford Dictionaries 2013 word of the year. And, based solely on the playwright's (apparent) silent judgement of the selfie in the above photo, perhaps he'd be happy to serve as an aspirational example.

April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of The Bard's death (historians are unsure of his actual birthday), and, in honor of the playwright's remarkable contributions to the English language, we've collected some of the best lines he popularized that persist now -- even in the age of selfies:



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