“It’s not every day the greatest wordsmith in the history of the English language celebrates his 452nd birthday (or the 400th anniversary of his death, for the morbid),” said Printerland marketing manager Christian Ralph, “so we thought it only fitting to celebrate one of Shakespeare’s greatest achievements – padding out the English Dictionary with the huge number of words he created.
“Although William Shakespeare is thought to have invented more than 1,700 different words, we have painstakingly picked our favourite 75 literary concoctions. Many of these words have become a huge part of our language – I mean who doesn’t say Hob Nob every single day? Re-prints of his back catalogue have sold upwards of an estimated four billion copies around the world. This places him as the joint best-selling author of all time (alongside Agatha Christie), as well as keeping all of us printer companies busy and content.”