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Where do the words "assassination" and "bump" originate from?

Discover the well-known wordsmith behind the words "assassination" and "bump."

You guessed it -- Shakespeare is the one who coined these and so many other common words. [© Jupiter Images, 2009]
© Jupiter Images, 2009
You guessed it -- Shakespeare is the one who coined these and so many other common words.

As with so many other commonly used terms, the words "assassination" and "bump" first appeared in print in the works of Shakespeare. As a storyteller of unparalleled skill and a creative and trailblazing wordsmith, Shakespeare often saw fit to coin novel expressions and words.

Widely considered one of the greatest English-language writers in history, Shakespeare's continued influence on art, culture and language can still be felt centuries after his death. This influence is so pervasive that modern English-speakers often overlook words and expressions coined or at least popularized by Shakespeare.

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