Common Everyday Phrases You Use Without Realizing You’re Quoting Shakespeare

June 6, 2017 2:52 pm  |  Comments: 0  | Views: 18578
    

"Puking"

"Puking"

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. ..."


How Shakespeare uses it: "Puking" was first recorded in Shakespeare's "As You Like It." It was likely an English imitation of the German word "spucken," which means to spit, according to Dictionary.com.

Modern definition: A synonym for the verb "to vomit."

Source: "As You Like It," Act 2, Scene 7

 

Sources: Business Insider, Mental Floss

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