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THE ELIZABETHAN LANGUAGE - "WHY
DIDN'T HE USE PLAIN ENGLISH?"
The works of William Shakespeare
are often dreaded by students
because of the language he uses!
"Why didn't he use plain, simple
English?" is a question often
used by students new to the
Works of Shakespeare!
The answer is, of course, that
he did! But the Elizabethan
language was different to ours!
There weren't so many words and
people used a whole variety of
ways to spell them as
dictionaries weren't available!
(There are at least 16 different
Elizabethan spellings of
If Shakespeare was looking for a
descriptive word, and couldn't
find one he made one up! William
Shakespeare invented words, and
he used them to good effect when
it came to Shakespeare Insults!
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