Build Your Own Shakespearean Insult With This Handy Chart

Shakespeare’s ability to craft tongue-in-cheek quips full of double meaning and literary merit is one of many reasons his works have such staying power.

The next time you’re looking for a witty put-down, consider using a Shakespearean insult to get your message across. His plays offer a wide array of inspiration that you can use to create your own insult by using a combination of words frequently used in his works.

If you’re interested in building your own Shakespearean insult, check out the infographic below for inspiration. Just pick up one word from each section and your insult is ready! Here are a few examples:

  • Reeky flap-mouthed mammet
  • Elf-skinned fool-born jackanape
  • Paunchy hell-hated measle

What insult are you going to use?

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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