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30 best Shakespearean insults

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.

You are most certainly welcome…

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