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“Shakespeare’s vocabulary changed considerably as he aged. Jespersen notes that there are some 200 to 300 words to be found in early plays that are never repeated. Many of these were provincialisms that he later shed, but which independently made their way into the language later- among them cranny, beautified, homicide, aggravate, and forefathers. It has also been observed by scholars that the new terms of his younger years appeal directly to the senses (snow-white, fragrant, brittle) while the coinages of the later years are more often considered with psychological considerations.”

From The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson

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