much ado about nothing
- much adoe about nothing (archaic)
Made popular and particularly known from the title of the 1598 comedy play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare had earlier used ado ("business", "activity") in the play Romeo and Juliet (1592) "Weele keepe no great adoe, a Friend or two.", though it is now frequently used to mean fuss as a contraction of the phrase here; nothing in the title of the play is a wordplay which can also mean noting ("to notice") besides the usual meaning of nothing.