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    Updated on 3 Aug 2020. Posted on 30 Jul 2020

    18 Shakespearean Insults That Are Too Good To Let Die

    Telling someone to go f*ck themselves is so passé.

    1. This fruit-themed insult:


    2. As well as this one:

    Quote: "There's no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune" — Henry IV
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    3. This shady exclamation, which is another way of saying "fuck off":

    4. This smelly jape:


    5. This fancy way of saying "stop scowling":

    Quote: "You have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness" — Much Ado About Nothing
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    6. Or this shady way of saying "oh, just shut up":

    7. This confusing comeback:


    8. This slow burn:

    9. This medically-inspired remark:

    Quote: "Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle" — King Lear
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    10. This snarky comment which is a step above "piss off":


    11. This hurtful (and truthful) turn of phrase:

    12. This ruinous curse:

    Quote: "A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog" — The Tempest
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    13. This intriguing edict:


    14. As well as this one:

    Quote: "You whoreson, cullionly barber-monger" — King Lear
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    15. This savage declaration:


    16. This straight to the point jab:


    17. This insulting comparison:

    Quote: "Thou art like a toad; ugly and venomous" — As You Like It
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    18. And finally, this little kit to get you making up your own blessed insults:


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