Shakespeare’s birthday usually results in tributes and toasts, but let’s have some fun and tell someone off. You suck is just not working for me.
450 years later and what do we love most about William Shakespeare?
His comedies? Tragedies? I’m partial to Sonnet 116, read at my wedding, and countless others, but let’s isolate the sheer tickle of tirades the Bard has given us within his works. We have lost our imagination, we of the middle finger gesture and creatively spelled comments on YouTube.
For a great start, try No Sweat Shakespeare who have compiled a handy list of Shakespeare’s insults.
Better yet, try watching best selling YA author Jon Green on his video blog. Always wildly creative, Green has a seat at my Fantasy Dinner Table of Wit.
Shakespeare’s plays are still taught in high school, but getting around some of his language can be tricky.
Who are we kidding? Getting around much of the English language is tricky. Just check out a few of these lines that would cause anyone’s head to spin while struggling to learn the language:
1. The bandage was wound around the womb.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. I do not object to the object
OK, OK, I won’t hurt you any longer. For those who want more, see the rest of the list.
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