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CREATE YOUR OWN SHAKESPEAREAN INSULTS

by Jerry Maguire, who teaches English at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana.

Combine one word from each of the three columns below, prefaced with "Thou":


Column 1

  • artless
  • bawdy
  • beslubbering
  • bootless
  • churlish
  • cockered
  • clouted
  • craven
  • currish
  • dankish
  • dissembling
  • droning
  • errant
  • fawning
  • fobbing
  • froward
  • frothy
  • gleeking
  • goatish
  • gorbellied
  • impertinent
  • infectious
  • jarring
  • loggerheaded
  • lumpish
  • mammering
  • mangled
  • mewling
  • paunchy
  • pribbling
  • puking
  • puny
  • quailing
  • rank
  • reeky
  • roguish
  • ruttish
  • saucy
  • spleeny
  • spongy
  • surly
  • tottering
  • unmuzzled
  • vain
  • venomed
  • villainous
  • warped
  • wayward
  • weedy
  • yeasty

Column 2
  • base-court
  • bat-fowling
  • beef-witted
  • beetle-headed
  • boil-brained
  • clapper-clawed
  • clay-brained
  • common-kissing
  • crook-pated
  • dismal-dreaming
  • dizzy-eyed
  • doghearted
  • dread-bolted
  • earth-vexing
  • elf-skinned
  • fat-kidneyed
  • fen-sucked
  • flap-mouthed
  • fly-bitten
  • folly-fallen
  • fool-born
  • full-gorged
  • guts-griping
  • half-faced
  • hasty-witted
  • hedge-born
  • hell-hated
  • idle-headed
  • ill-breeding
  • ill-nurtured
  • knotty-pated
  • milk-livered
  • motley-minded
  • onion-eyed
  • plume-plucked
  • pottle-deep
  • pox-marked
  • reeling-ripe
  • rough-hewn
  • rude-growing
  • rump-fed
  • shard-borne
  • sheep-biting
  • spur-galled
  • swag-bellied
  • tardy-gaited
  • tickle-brained
  • toad-spotted
  • urchin-snouted
  • weather-bitten

Column 3
  • apple-john
  • baggage
  • barnacle
  • bladder
  • boar-pig
  • bugbear
  • bum-bailey
  • canker-blossom
  • clack-dish
  • clotpole
  • coxcomb
  • codpiece
  • death-token
  • dewberry
  • flap-dragon
  • flax-wench
  • flirt-gill
  • foot-licker
  • fustilarian
  • giglet
  • gudgeon
  • haggard
  • harpy
  • hedge-pig
  • horn-beast
  • hugger-mugger
  • jolthead
  • lewdster
  • lout
  • maggot-pie
  • malt-worm
  • mammet
  • measle
  • minnow
  • miscreant
  • moldwarp
  • mumble-news
  • nut-hook
  • pigeon-egg
  • pignut
  • puttock
  • pumpion
  • ratsbane
  • scut
  • skainsmate
  • strumpet
  • varlot
  • vassal
  • whey-face
  • wagtail


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