Originally Posted by BilloutWest
That refers to just words created by the artists.
Not ones they knew and utilized in their art.
However, with the explanation that Shakespeare was not just one artist it casts an interesting light.
It would have made Muhammad Ali smile.
You didn't read the article did you?
It is an accounting and analysis of the number of individual words used in the first 35,000 words on their albums and compares it to Shakespeare. Included within that are the words they created, but also "normal" more widely words. He also included "slangiffied" words like "Fo Sho" and "Nahmeen" as seperate from "for sure" and "no what I mean". Shakespeare is know to do similar things with his words to fit the iambic pentameter, so that seems fair to me.
The rapper with the highest vocabulary as specified by that article had 7392 different words compared to 5170 for Shakespeare. So at least compared to the first part of Shakespeare's career there ARE modern equivalents.
Both hip hop and iambic pentameter lend to an expanded vocabulary due to need to stick to specific cadences and rules. Hip Hop is much more freeform, but each song usually sticks to a beat and you have to find words to fit with the flow of that beat.
The possibility of Shakespeare being multiple people or for him to have collaborated or hired out for other writers is certainly there. However, I also think that extraordinary people come around often enough that I believe he could have just had a near super human ability to form words as well. The entire western world was focused on art and creation during that time. Today we see it more in science and business, but the geniuses of that time often focused on art and music and the prestige it brought them.
hahaa... the water really has dropped and everyone is getting bored huh? Who here expected a thread about a stolen/pinned raft to evolve into a thread about the vocabulary of Shakespeare?