You juggler! you canker-blossom!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (3.2.293)
Away, you mouldy rogue, away!
Henry IV P II (2.4.117)
Hang him, swaggering rascal!
Henry IV P II (2.4.66)
I was lucky enough to get to observe a TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club session last Saturday morning at Oakwood Village Library, and the children there had a fantastic time hurling a variety of Shakespearean insults at each other! It was really great to see these 7-12 year olds bring so much energy to the lines and deliver them with such relish.
Shakespeare certainly knew how to write a good insult –
Thou sodden-witted lord! thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows.
Troilus and Cressida (2.1.41)
Out of my sight! thou dost infect my eyes.
Richard III (1.2.159)
Just this week there’s been a great link doing the rounds on social media – ‘17 Shakespearean Insults To Unleash In Everyday Life’ from BuzzFeed UK:
Here are some of my favourites – and just to make them even better – there’s some dramatic looking cats thrown in as well!
Titus Andronicus [IV. ii. 1756]
Taming of the Shrew [IV. i. 1642]
Henry IV P I [II. ii. 772]
Two Gentlemen of Verona [I. ii. 249]
Henry IV P I [II. iv. 1054-56]
By Linda Nicoll
BuzzFeed UK ‘17 Shakespearean Insults To Unleash In Everyday Life’ Luke Lewis 11 April 2013 http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/shakespearean-insults-to-use-in-everyday-life [Accessed 17 April 2013]
(Original photos taken from Shutterstock for BuzzFeed link)
Open Source Shakespeare, ‘Advanced Search’ George Mason University 2013: http://www.opensourceshakespeare.com/search/search-results.php [Accessed 17 April 2013]