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Shakespearean Insults
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0242.  Thursday, 17 March 1994.
 
From:           Sharon Cinnamon <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Mar 1994 14:11:48 -0100
Subject:        Shakespearean Insults
 
Thought you might all get a kick out of this.  Fire away.
Sharon Cinnamon (
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CREATE YOUR OWN SHAKESPEAREAN INSULTS  by Jerry Maguire, who teaches English at
Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana.
 
Combine one word from each of the three columns below, preface with "Thou" and
thus shalt thou have the perfect insult.  Let thyself go--mix and match to find
a barb worthy of the Bard!
 
Column 1        Column 2                Column 3
 
artless         base-court              apple-john
bawdy           bat-fowling             baggage
beslubbering    beef-witted             barnacle
bootless        beetle-headed           bladder
churlish        boil-brained            boar-pig
cockered        clapper-clawed          bugbear
clouted         clay-brained            bum-bailey
craven          common-kissing          canker-blossom
currish         crook-pated             clack-dish
dankish         dismal-dreaming         clotpole
dissembling     dizzy-eyed              coxcomb
droning         doghearted              codpiece
errant          dread-bolted            death-token
fawning         earth-vexing            dewberry
fobbing         elf-skinned             flap-dragon
froward         fat-kidneyed            flax-wench
frothy          fen-sucked              flirt-gill
gleeking        flap-mouthed            foot-licker
goatish         fly-bitten              fustilarian
gorbellied      folly-fallen            giglet
impertinent     fool-born               gudgeon
infectious      full-gorged             haggard
jarring         guts-griping            harpy
loggerheaded    half-faced              hedge-pig
lumpish         hasty-witted            horn-beast
mammering       hedge-born              hugger-mugger
mangled         hell-hated              jolthead
mewling         idle-headed             lewdster
paunchy         ill-breeding            lout
pribbling       ill-nurtured            maggot-pie
puking          knotty-pated            malt-worm
puny            milk-livered            mammet
quailing        motley-minded           measle
rank            onion-eyed              minnow
reeky           plume-plucked           miscreant
roguish         pottle-deep             moldwarp
ruttish         pox-marked              mumble-news
saucy           reeling-ripe            nut-hook
spleeny         rough-hewn              pigeon-egg
spongy          rude-growing            pignut
surly           rump-fed                puttock
tottering       shard-borne             pumpion
unmuzzled       sheep-biting            ratsbane
vain            spur-galled             scut
venomed         swag-bellied            skainsmate
villainous      tardy-gaited            strumpet
warped          tickle-brained          varlot
wayward         toad-spotted            vassal
weedy           unchin-snouted          whey-face
yeasty          weather-bitten          wagtail
 

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