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Shakespearean Insults

  • Sierra Baker 4B

Who was William Shakespeare?

  • English poet and playwright

  • Writer of 37 plays

  • Inventor of over 1,700 words

  • Second most quoted writer

“Thou Crusty Batch of Nature.”

“Peace, ye fat-kidneyed rascal! What a brawling dost thou keep!”

“Foul-spoken coward, that thund’rest with thy tounge, and with thy weapon nothing dar’st perform!”

Scratching could not make it worse an ’twere such a face as yours were.

  • Means that scratching would not make the person’s face worse, because it is already very ugly.

  • Originates from Shakespeare’s comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing”

“I do desire we may be better strangers”

  • Means “I wish we didn’t know each other.”

  • First used in the comedy by William Shakespeare “As You Like It”, written in 1599

“Out of my sight! Thou dost infect mine eyes!”

  • Means “Get away from me, you’re poisoning my eyes!”

  • This insult originates from Shakespeare’s historical play, Richard III

“Do Thou Amend Thy Face, and I’ll Amend My Life”

  • Interprets to “When you fix your face, I will fix my life.”

  • Used in Shakespearean play Henry IV, Part I

Then vs. Now

  • Not much has changed, very similar

  • Different vocabulary to portray the same meaning

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