The Big Shakespearean Quiz

Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, Shakespeare’s exact date of birth is not recorded, but it is most often celebrated around the world on 23 April. Known for his blockbuster plays, for inventing sonnets, and as the most influential writer in the English language, you might or might not be aware that Shakespeare also invented a whopping 1,700 new words in the English language that we often use today. So, as we celebrate the Bard of Avon’s 460th (unbelievable!!) birth anniversary, here’s a list of Shakespearean words from his text; match them with their nearest meaning and you could win one of six US$50 vouchers we are giving away.  

Winners to be announced on Karma Group and Karma Concierge Channels on 7th May.


    Bum-bailey • Bacchanal • Swagger • Dwindle • Bump • Hiems • Elbow • Whipster • Zany • Bedazzled • Malmsey • Flibbertigibbet • Giglet • Lubberly • Gull-catcher

    1. Used in “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, it refers to the personification of Winter:

    2. Originally coined in “Henry V,” meaning to walk or behave confidently and arrogantly:

    3. From “Macbeth,” meaning to gradually diminish or decrease:

    4. From “The Taming of the Shrew,” meaning to impress someone greatly:

    5. First used in “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, it denotes a sweet, fortified wine:

    6. Used in “King Lear,” referring to the bend of the arm:

    7. Coined in “Romeo and Juliet,” referring to a collision or a swollen area on the body:

    8. Coined in “Love's Labour's Lost,” originally referring to a comic character who mimicked the behaviour of others:

    9. Used in “Henry IV, Part 2,” referring to a constable or sheriff's officer:

    10. Coined in “King Lear,” referring to a frivolous or flighty person:

    11. From “Love's Labour's Lost,” meaning clumsy or uncoordinated:

    12. Coined in “King Lear,” meaning a quick or nimble person:

    13. From “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” referring to someone who deceives or swindles others:

    14. Used in “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” referring to a flirtatious or mischievous young woman:

    15. From “Antony and Cleopatra”, it means to dance in honour of Bacchus (God of Wine):

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