uniquepov (uniquepov) wrote in 1word1day,

Shakespearean Imagination

Well met, friends!

It's Wednesday, which means another installment of our new themed posts about Shakespeare and his extensive wordplay. We're delving into words the Bard is credited with coining - at least in as far as their current meanings are concerned!

And as I am literally leaving for the airport as soon as I hit "post", off to far-flung, far-off lands, it seems only fitting that today's Shakespearean Imagination word of the day should be:

luggage : lug·gage : \ˈlə-gij\ (n): something that is lugged; especially: suitcases for a traveler's belongings.

Synonyms: baggage - trunk - valise

The Oxford English Dictionary says that the word's meaning hasn't changed much since the 16th century; the original meaning denoted inconveniently heavy baggage.

First seen in Shakespeare's King Henry IV, Part I (written 1597-1598). The full text of the play may be found here.

Cheers until next week!
Tags: english, noun, shakespeare, theme: shakespeare, wordsmith: uniquepov

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