I couldn’t sleep last night, and found myself thinking about the phrase “have not slept a wink.” Have you heard that phrase before? Did you know that one of its first uses was in Shakespeare? In Cymbeline, Act 3 Scene 4, Pisano says:
O gracious lady,
Since I received command to do this business
I have not slept one wink.
So, next time you tell someone that you didn’t get any sleep, you can quote Shakespeare and say “I did not sleep a wink.”
Perhaps tonight I will count Silvius’s sheep until I fall asleep. Bonus points to whoever can tell me what play Silvius appears in!