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The Best of Shakespeare's Insults | Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

The Best of Shakespeare's Insults | Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

We don’t know when Shakespeare’s exact birth date was but a lot of people celebrate his birthday on the 23rd April and we are too. 

Shakespeare was known for his many linguistic talents, one of them being his original and witty insults. (Turns out he’s responsible for ‘your mum’ jokes - who knew?!) Here are some of our favourite of the Bard’s one liners. 


“Villain, I have done thy mother.” - Titus Andronicus

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

“I do desire we may be better strangers.” - As You Like It. 

“Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.” - Othello.

“I am sick when I do look on thee.” - A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

“I do wish thou were a god, that i might love thee something.” - Timon of Athens.

“You scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian! I’ll tickle your catastrophe” - Henry IV, Part II

“Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood.” - King Lear. 

“A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.” - Henry IV, Part II


If, like us, you’re a huge fan of Shakespeare then you might like to check out our collection of Shakespeare inspired gifts. Here are a few of our favourites! 

1. Shakespeare Gift Hamper

2. Verona Varsity Sweatshirt

3. "I Like This Place" Book Page Print

4. "She Is Fierce" Watercolour Art Print

5. Romeo and Juliet - The Bookishly Edition 

See more right here. :) 

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