12 of the Funniest Shakespearean Insults

Posted on April 20, 2017 by

Ever wonder what insults people used before dork, loser, and barf-breath? While this list may not tell you exactly what was uttered in the 16th and 17th centuries, it gives you a taste of Shakespeare’s repulsive repertoire. So the next time someone disgusts you, don’t tell them they’re gross, instead say “thou art a boil, a plague sore” (King Lear Act 2, Scene 4).

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