Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Infographic of 100 Shakespearean insults

rexfeatures-3470288a.jpg

We like to think of ourselves as nice people but there are times when we need a decent insult (we've all got rage issues, right guys? RIGHT?).

Mainly, it's to tell the stranger on the bus where to go after they've told us to "cheer up love, it might never happen", as using our best grumpy face doesn't always seem to work, and it's hardly very imaginative.

However, our comeback repertoire just got an upgrade, thanks to this Shakespearean insults infographic we've stumbled across.

As a tribute to Shakespeare's dagger-like wit, the poster features 100 of his greatest put-downs and zingers. Divided up into various sections, such as 'bodily qualities', 'personal attributes', 'inanimate objects', and, possibly our favourite insult category, 'infection', you can choose rather easily which type of jibe you'd like to use.

The one-liners all come from a variety of the Bard's plays, including Henry VI, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, All's Well That Ends Well and Hamlet, and we've chosen a few of our favourite lines below, which we're considering using.

"His breath stinks with eating toasted cheese." - Henry VI, part II

"Rooting hog." - Richard III

"Thou hast in thy skull no more brain than I have in mine elbows." - Troilus and Cressida

"Swaggering rascal." - Henry IV, part II

"Away, you three-inch fool." - The Taming of the Shrew

You can even purchase the poster here from £20, if you really want to learn how to offend people. Just remember to use these sparingly, you don't want to start losing your friends.

[Via Visual.ly)

Related

rexfeatures-3609673p.jpg

Top 10 most read books in the world

Poignant-poetry.jpg

50 most poignant lines from poetry

William-Shakespeare-hero.jpg

Shakespeare's most memorable quotes

Shakespeare-guide.jpg

Sixty second Shakespeare

shakespeare.jpg

Shakespeare in food tweets

rjhero.jpg

Swarovski does Shakespeare

Comments

More

Join us at the Emerald Street Literary Festival

The perfect Saturday for interesting women

by The Stylist web team
24 Apr 2017

Backlash as star says The Handmaid's Tale is “not a feminist story”

"It’s a human story, because women’s rights are human rights"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
24 Apr 2017

Elisabeth Moss on why you shouldn't binge watch The Handmaid's Tale

"You may need a second to step back and think about what you’ve seen"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Apr 2017

Exclusive: young mother who escaped Boko Haram shares her story

"I had to be prepared for the worst at all times."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
07 Apr 2017

Margaret Atwood has penned a brand-new ending for The Handmaid’s Tale

And she’s hinted at a sequel, too…

by Kayleigh Dray
06 Apr 2017

Witherspoon & Kidman are already planning a Big Little Lies follow-up

They have optioned a second Liane Moriarty book.

by Hayley Spencer
05 Apr 2017

The best new books of April

From learning to adult to haunting short stories

by Sarah Shaffi
04 Apr 2017

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist is announced

Meet your spring reading list

by Sarah Biddlecombe
03 Apr 2017

The storyteller: Romola Garai kicks off Stylist’s Book Club

The actress shares her top 10 reads

by Helen Bownass
01 Apr 2017

Expert tips on how to beat writer's block

Five tips to get the words flowing

by Sarah Biddlecombe
31 Mar 2017