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SWAGGER: Did you you know...

…that use of the word swagger dates back to Shakesperian times? William Shakespeare used forms of the word (swagger, swaggerer, swaggering, etc.) first in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and also in Henry IV, Othello, Troilus and Cressida, Twelfth Night and As You Like It! The connotation seems to vary from one context to the next.

These days, current usage is outlined in the Urban Dictionary as how one presents him or her self to the world. Swagger is shown from how the person handles a situation. It can also be shown in the person’s walk, style, talk, dress.

In any event, most would agree that swagger needs no definition for those who truly have it.

What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here, So near the cradle of the fairy queen? What, a play toward! I’ll be an auditor; An actor too, perhaps, if I see cause.

-A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Pray ye, pacify yourself, Sir John; there comes no swaggerers here.

-Henry IV

I will rather sue to be despised than to deceive so good a commander with so slight, so drunken, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk? and speak parrot? and squabble? swagger? swear? and discourse fustian with one’s own shadow? O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!

-Othello

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