10 Shakespearean Phrases We Still Use 400 Years After His Death

MOSCOW, RUSSIA. APRIL 21, 2016. Portrait of William Shakespeare by English artist John Taylor on display at an exhibition titled "From Elizabeth to Victoria. English portrait from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London" at the State Tretyakov Gallery. The exhibition is opened as part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature. (PHOTO CREDIT: Valery Sharifulin / TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. APRIL 21, 2016. Portrait of William Shakespeare by English artist John Taylor on display at an exhibition titled “From Elizabeth to Victoria. English portrait from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London” at the State Tretyakov Gallery. The exhibition is opened as part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature. (PHOTO CREDIT: Valery Sharifulin / TASS via Getty Images)

Four centuries after William Shakespeare died in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, England, his distinctive vernacular still lives on worldwide.

The beloved playwright wrote at least 37 plays during his lifetime, including “Hamlet,” “Othello,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Romeo and Juliet,” and gave the English lexicon hundreds phrases we still use today.

Here are 10 Shakespearean terms that have withstood the test of time:

“Good Riddance”
Meaning, to happily get rid of anything deemed worthless, this phrase originated in Shakespeare’s 1609 play “Troilus and Cressida.” The idiom was so durable, it even became the name of a popular Green Day song in 1997.

“Break the Ice”
Shakespeare wrote this group of words in his 1590 play “The Taming of the Shrew.” It means to overcome a socially awkward situation.

“Wild Goose Chase”
First seen in 1597’s “Romeo and Juliet,” a person who goes on a “wild goose chase” is searching for something that’s likely not attainable.

“Love Is Blind”
Shakespeare created this phrase — often said as a warning — from his play “The Merchant of Venice,” first performed in 1605. It means that sometimes one’s feelings for their loved ones can obscure reality.

“Brave New World”
This expression from Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” believed to have been written between 1610-1611, refers to a prominent moment in societal history.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Joi-Marie McKenzie