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15 Words You Never Knew Came From Classic Literature

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It's well documented how many words and phrases Shakespeare invented in the course of writing his plays, but it turns out that there are many other famous literary heavyweights that have added to the lexicon of English words.

Some, apparently 'new' words have, it turns out, been around a lot longer than you'd think, and have emerged from the most unexpected of sources.

Take a look at the infographic below, put together by lovereading.co.uk, which reveal the little-known literary origins of 15 everyday words.

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Origin of Words From Literature

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Literary Word Count Infographic

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