When Shakespeare Speaks

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  • Jack Cade.
Words Shakespeare Invented. 

The English language owes a great debt to Shakespeare. He invented over 1700  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.
As dead as a doornail
Dead, very dead – Often now used for electrical gadgets.

“I forgot to charge my phone, it’s as dead as a doornail.”


Have you seen this phrase used recently? I think I have...

  • with Reuters
Switzerland’s plan to forge a new treaty cementing ties with the European Union has hit the rocks after the normally pro-Europe centre left joined the far right in resisting a deal that Swiss labour unions say might undermine wages and working conditions.

For the SGB union federation allied with the centre-left Social Democrats (SP), Bern’s efforts to explore tweaking Switzerland’s strict rules that protect Europe’s highest wages were a step too far towards the treaty demands of Brussels. ()

Eight-day rule

“The treaty is as dead as a doornail,” Swiss broadcaster SRF said, noting union leaders’ strong words had made it impossible for them to reverse their position, and the slanging match ruled out chances that a treaty would win a binding referendum.

Financial markets have not reacted sharply, but one Zurich trader said he was watching the issue as a potential threat to Swiss assets should ties with the EU deteriorate.