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Infographic of 100 Shakespearean insults

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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)