Maybe I’m the reincarnapathetic present-day version of the Bard!

Lorna and I could be twins...if: her forehead was twice as large, she died her hair mousy brown, she took enough testosterone to grow a dashing upper and lower lip stash, she wore brown contact lens, and changed her fashion preference to include excessively starched and rigid apparel. Other than that (and a few minor physical and talent adjustments), we would be indistinguishable. Oh my! I just made up a new word! I think this one will be popular for years to come.

Twins Lorna and I could be…(if: her forehead was four times as large, she died her hair mousey brown, she took enough testosterone to grow a dashing upper and lower lip stash, she wore brown contact lenses, and she changed her fashion preferences to include excessively starched and rigid apparel.) Other than that (and a few minor physical and talent adjustments), we would be indistinguishable. Oh my! I just fashioned a new word! Me thinks this one will be popular for years to come.

Many of you know that I have a tendacity to make up words.

Some of you probably think it’s cute–even clever. Some of you wonder if I’ve lost my marbles, and some of you are sick of trying to sound out the darn things.

Well. Guess what?

I’m not the first one to erectifiy new words for the reading pleasure of an audience. Seems like Shakespeare, (a.k.a. The Bard) made up all kinds of words and phrases in his poems and plays and random notes to who knows who. And looks where that old-timey creativologist ended up! Well, yes, dead. But not forgotten.

You probably use some of his worderific or went-viral-before-viruses-were-discovered phraseoids almost every day.

Here are some examples of the 1,700 words he just made up out of thin air and ink. This list comes from what looks like a respectibubble source: No Sweat Shakespeare. If you want to know about this guy’s work, this is the place to visit. (I make up words, People, not facts–well, not usually…)







*control (noun form)






















Cheez wizz, People. He did the same thing I do. There was probably the word “suspect” and it just didn’t fit in his dialog for Hamlet. So he just went ahead and changed it. Sure the actors and audience were puzzled, but, hey, it was just a play and they figured Shakespeare, being The Bard and all, was taking creatalicious licence.

And here are some common phrases that he is responsible for. He didn’t make up all the words in these phrases, but he put them together and they stuck.

*break the ice

*catch a cold

*clothes make the man

*disgraceful conduct

*eat out of house and home

*elbow room

*fair play


*foregone conclusion

*give the devil his due

*green-eyed monster

*heart of gold




*It’s Greek to me



*live long day


*method in his madness

*mind’s eye

*naked truth

*strange bedfellows

*wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve

*witching time of the night

That Bard. He was as clever as a crow. (Crows are very ingenious, you know).

Ever wonder why Shakespeare is referred to as The Bard? I did. A bard is a great and powerful Oz-like poet. I’m paraphrasing from the same site that brought you all this other info.

If you’re ever wondering why I make up such silly-pants words, just think about the possibilification that either I’m channeling Shakespeare or I am his much better looking reincarnapathetic presence here to bedoozle you with our (his and my) collective wordoddities.

Hey, at least it’s a better explanation than what you’re proprobably thinking…

~ by Lorna's Voice on January 29, 2014.

39 Responses to “Maybe I’m the reincarnapathetic present-day version of the Bard!”

  1. I knew he was responsible for a lot of words but never realized how many. Cool post, Lorna. Keep on proliferacating our vocabulary. That’s a cross between proliferating and maybe screwing with our minds.

  2. My favorite is witching hour of the night.

  3. Hey, you get him now! Awesome. You two are a match made in heaven, aka, star cross’d lovers. xx

  4. That’s really cool – I did not know that about Shakespeare. 😀 Lol, and I love your wordoddities, Lorna! Your posts are always so creative and fun to read.

  5. Left me laughing and now longing for cheese whiz on toast. Lol 😉

  6. The Bard returned in Lorna’s body….hmmmmm … not sure I like the picture I get in my head…

  7. 🙂 I like what someone said about Lornad a few things, lol. 😉 Me 2. xoxo

  8. I’m flabberstounded. Combination of flabbergasted and astounded. And I’m impressed. I had no idea that Shakespeare came up with all those words and sayings. Keep it up, Lorna!

    • I was equally amaziated. I just had to share my new found knowledge with my equally enthusiastic wordophiliacs.

      • I’m glad you did. Lorna, I hope you’re feeling better…thinking of you and wishing you well. Oh, here’s something that may cheer you up. Finally bought a copy of your book and have just started reading and have already found myself snickering out loud. You are too funny! Your book is good for the soul!

        • Oh, thanks for telling, me Gayle! Did you buy an e-book? I have a 2nd edition coming out real soon. The 1st edition has a few too many mistakes for my tastes and I made a few other changes as well. I’m going to have the e-book free for 3 days for people who bought the 1st edition. If you bought the print book, I’ll see if Amazon lets me do a coupon for free books. Just remind me, okay?

  9. Haha awesome! I’ve just “lorna’d’ a few things 😉 Thanks for the lesson,Lorna 🙂

    • Glad you liked it. I was amazed at how many common terms and phrases Shakespeare came up with. I don’t think I will be so successful, but it’s fun trying! 🙂

  10. You sell yourself short, Lorna. Had Shakespeare never lived, we would be reading and celebrating your great works instead. Classics like “The Merchant of Upstate New York”, “Love’s Labors Temporarily Misplaced”, “The Merry Wives of Windsor Locks, Connecticut” and “The Taming of Scrappy”, just to name a few.

    Not to mention, you have now coined 1701 words (I’ve been counting).

  11. I have always thought of both of you in the same way. You know, “I have to read Lorna/Shakespeare for a test?”

  12. I’m still waiting for my word “sharative” to make its way into society (one who shares), but I get no respect. Now, in the name of Shakespeare, I’m off to use your word “bedozzle”.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I like “sharative.” What’s wrong with people today? I think that people in Shakespeare’s time had so few words to choose from that new words were exciting or something. New words (unless they come from celebs or something celebs do) just aren’t exciting enough for our over-stimulaterated society. That’s my guesstimation.

      Hey, thanks for swinging by and sharing. I really appreciate it! 🙂

  13. Your writing is just adorable! every time I read it, I’m left smiling. Keep making up words!

    • Aw, thanks so much! And thanks for letting me know. As for making up words, I don’t seem to know how to endify this proclivity! They just keep slipdippering out! 😉

  14. Very interesting. Your words are more fun!

  15. What’s really spooky is I’m in the middle of writing a post which plays on an idea very like this, involving the bard.

    • And people are skepticaloid of psychic phenomenononona. We should go on the road (he made up that word) and perform feats (or feets) of psychicotic amazements for people who have poor cable reception. What do you think? Entertainment is entertainment, right?

      Although, truly, that is a bit spooky and delicious all at the same time! 🙂

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