Shakespeare’s Insults

William Shakespeare

Famous dramatist and poet William Shakespeare, (1564-1616) had a flair for insults. Check out a few of my favorites:

Tis such fools as you That makes the world full of ill-favor’d children. As You Like It, 3. 5 ‘

Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss. Pericles, 1. 2 A fiend like thee might bear my soul to hell. Twelfth Night, 3. 4

A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Macbeth, 5. 5

As loathsome as a toad. Titus Andronicus, 4. 2

Dogs easily won to fawn on any man! Richard II, 3. 2

Froth and scum, thou liest! The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1. 1

Go hang yourselves all: you are idle, shallow things, I am not of your element. Twelfth Night, 3. 4

Her beauty and her brain go not together. Cymbeline, 1. 3

He has not so much brain as ear-wax. Troilus and Cressida, 5.1

I scorn you, scurvy companion. What, you poor, base, rascally, cheating, lack-linen mate! Away, you mouldy rogue, away! Henry IV Part 2, 2. 4

Paltry, servile, abject drudges! Henry VI Part 2, 4. 1

Such bugs and goblins in my life! Hamlet, 5. 2

Vengeance rot you all! Titus Andronicus, 5. 1

Do you have a favorite insult to share?

Tomorrow:  A Doctor’s Prescription.               Rita Bay

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