Nov 27, 2015

Shakespeare's Greatest Insults

Shakespeare's insults are legendary. Here are a few of my favourites:

More of your conversation would infect my brain.
Coriolanus (2.1.91)

They have a plentiful lack of wit.
Hamlet (2.2.198)

'Sblood, you starveling, you elf-skin, you dried neat's tongue, you bull's pizzle, you stock-fish! O for breath to utter what is like thee! you tailor's-yard, you sheath, you bowcase; you vile standing-tuck! 
1 Henry IV (2.4.227-9)

Thy food is such
As hath been belch'd on by infected lungs.
Pericles (4.6.156)

Thou sodden-witted lord! thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows.
Troilus and Cressida (2.1.41)

Here's one for writers:

Thou hast the most unsavoury similes.
1 Henry IV (1.2.75)

Ooh. Burn!

Want more?

 This Shakespearean Insult Generator will toss some random Elizabethan insults your way.


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