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Friday, March 23, 2012

SHAKESPEAREAN INSULTS

"Go forth, thou mendicant!"

There are a few shakespearean insult generators out there, but if you want to do it the old fashioned way and create your own, here's a three-part list you can use. For the record I don't know what a lot of these words even mean, and there's a non trivial chance that some are a bit bawdy as Shakespeare commonly was. Technically, some of these can only apply to men (coxcomb, varlet) and some to women (harpy, strumpet), but often you can work those out.

For best results, begin with "thou" then pick one from each column:
Column 1Column 2Column 2
artlessbase-courtapple-john
bawdybat-fowlingbaggage
beslubberingbeef-wittedbarnacle
bootlessbeetle-headedbladder
churlishboil-brainedboar-pig
cockeredclapper-clawedbugbear
cloutedclay-brainedbum-bailey
cravencommon-kissingcanker-blossom
currishcrook-patedclack-dish
dankishdismal-dreamingclotpole
dissemblingdizzy-eyedcoxcomb
droningdogheartedcodpiece
errantdread-bolteddeath-token
fawningearth-vexingdewberry
fobbingelf-skinnedflap-dragon
frowardfat-kidneyedflax-wench
frothyfen-suckedflirt-gill
gleekingflap-mouthedfoot-licker
goatishfly-bittenfustilarian
gorbelliedfolly-fallengiglet
impertinentfool-borngudgeon
infectiousfull-gorgedhaggard
jarringguts-gripingharpy
loggerheadedhalf-facedhedge-pig

lumpishhasty-wittedhorn-beast
mammeringhedge-bornhugger-mugger
mangledhell-hatedjoithead
mewlingidle-headedlewdster
paunchyill-breedinglout
pribblingill-nurturedmaggot-pie
pukingknotty-patedmalt-worm
punymilk-liveredmammet
quallingmotley-mindedmeasel
rankonion-eyedminnow
reekyplume-pluckedmiscreant
roguishpottle-deepmoldwarp
ruttishpox-markedmumble-news
saucyreeling-ripenut-hook
spleenyrough-hewnpigeon-egg
spongyrude-growingpignut
surlyrump-fedputtock
totteringshard-bornepumpion
unmuzzledsheep-bitingratsbane
vainspur-galledscut
venomedswag-belliedskainsmate
villainoustardy-gaitedstrumpet
warpedticle-brainedvarlot

And for extra fun, Celebrity Jeopardy, where the guy playing Sean Connery uses a couple of these insults:

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