Culture History 8 Common Phrases We Owe to Shakespeare By Jenn Savedge Writer University of Strathclyde Ithaca College Jenn Savedge is an environmental author and lecturer. She’s a former national park ranger who has written three books on eco-friendly living our editorial process Jenn Savedge Updated April 23, 2019 The great bard was also the king of slang. (Photo: Neil Bradfield/Shutterstock) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Ah, kids today. They think they are the only ones who can come up with witty phrases and a playful use of words. Selfie. Bling. Totes. And don't forget the ever popular (and oh so creative) OMG. Little do these modern linguists know, but good ol' William Shakespeare was the king of slang and an innovator of word play. So, in honor of the anniversary of the great bard's death (April 23) here are eight phrases we use commonly today that we owe to Mr. Bill. And big thanks to Grammar.net for putting this infographic together.