April 22 – Talk Like Shakespeare Day


Happy Talk Like Shakespeare Day! Today would be the 449th birthday of the widely celebrated poet and playwright William Shakespeare. Language is forever evolving, and sometimes it seems like Shakespeare was writing in a language entirely foreign to our own 21st century english. And what’s the first thing people want to know when trying to speak another language? How to swear and insult people, of course. There is this nifty little website:  http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/index.html? , which randomly generates a Shakespearian style insult for your pleasure.

Shakespeare was quite the witty insulter, and here is a little of some of his more notable insults taken from his various plays:

  • You abilities are too infant-like for doing much alone.
Coriolanus (2.1.36)

  • There is no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger.
Coriolanus (5.4.30)

  • Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.
Othello (4.2.50) 

  • I shall cut out your tongue.
‘Tis no matter, I shall speak as much wit as thou afterwards.
Troilus and Cressida (2.1.106)

  • I do desire we may be better strangers.
As You Like It (3.2.248)

and my personal favourite:
 Thou hast the most unsavoury similes.
1 Henry IV (1.2.75)

~ Darcie Rae

apparently my collection of insults from above came from a post on tumblr originally sourced from http://www.shakespeare-online.com/ …I can’t find where that came from, but that’s my reference attempt.


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