'What the dickens' and other famous quotes
Four famous phrases from everyday language that originated in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Pistol: 'The world 's mine oyster' (Act 2, Scene 2)
Mistress Quickly: 'This is the short and the long of it' (Act 2, Scene 2)
Mistress Page: 'I cannot tell what the dickens his name is' (Act 3, Scene 2)
Falstaff: 'As good luck would have it' (Act 3, Scene 5)
Photo by Pete Le May: Desmond Barrit as Sir John Falstaff.