Originally Posted by Electric-Mayhem
How can you have a commentary on it if you didn't even read the first paragraph of the link?
I looked over the graph linked.
It showed a comparison.
It failed to even mention the largest contributor to English. John Milton.
That being determined by words that actually made it into our lexicon. Milton was something over 500 I recall.
I moved on.
I do acknowledge that Shakespeare and Milton both plagiarized heavily. It was not just common but openly tolerated at that time. This brings just how many words each may have 'created' into question.
Not the case for modern artists who are at least fairly limited by copyright.
I couldn't read Paradise Lost, even though Milton was a distant family relative, nor can I enjoy Rap, no known relatives there. But I'll still go with Milton needing mention in an article of that nature to get my wandering time.
Shakespeare and Rap are both very political vehicles. True.
Hamilton is in a different league.
Again, quality vs quantity.
Forgive me, but what new words were created by the play Hamilton?