Yesterday was William Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday!
And the 400the anniversary of his death.
My school celebrated by selling cupcakes with candles and a Shakespearean insult.
Shakespeare was a marvel at writing insults. Here are some of my favorite examples:
“All the infections that the sun sucks up”
“Elvish-marked abortive, rooting hog”
“Veriest varlet that ever chewed with a tooth”
“I do desire we may be better strangers”
“You dwarf, you minimus”
“Hang off thou cat, thou burr! Vile thing”
“I’ll beat thee, but I should infect my hands”
and my personal favorite:
“Would thou were clean enough to spit on!”
Happy Birthday, Will! And many more!