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Kaethe 2 weeks ago
I think he didn't make up very many; he was just the first one to use them in print. I like to imagine him eavesdropping on teenagers to catch the newest slang, eavesdropping on everyone really, for clatchy turns of phrase, and new insults.
Hughes reckons not; the trend was to create new English constructions from Greek and Latin roots, which would require at least a grammar school education at a time when most were illiterate, hence other educated folk would have recognised the root and understood the Anglicisation. Meanwhile, the uneducated could follow the stage action and understand what was going on even if they didn't understand every word. Apparently Shakespeare's literary contemporaries were all doing it, too but none so prolifically.