We don’t readily jump on the ‘Modern life is rubbish bandwagon’, not least because our knees aren’t what they used to be. However, when it comes to settling disagreements contemporary society has a lot to answer for. Everyone is so eager to indulge in a spot of physical fisticuffs to iron out issues.
Call us old-fashioned (or slightly effeminate girly boys) but we’d rather settle any contretemps with some rather florid verbal jousting. Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced world amassing the expansive vocabulary required to lance an opponents rowdy rhetoric has become – much like letter writing and chivalry – something of a lost art.
So, we’ve hit upon an alternative. In times when a pithy and colourful insult is required, reach for your Shakespeare. What follows are 30 of the bard’s best putdowns.
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