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Words Shakespeare Invented The English language owes a great debt to Shakespeare. He invented over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words wholly original. Below is a list of a few of the words Shakespeare coined, hyperlinked to the play and scene from which it comes. When the word appears in multiple plays, the link will take you to the play in which it first appears. For more words that Shakespeare coined please see the Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Dr.
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Spells in Harry Potter occur in the fictional wizarding world of the series of books by author J. K. Rowling . Magic spells are used by many of the characters to achieve useful effects without the benefit of modern technology.