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Shakespearian Insults – a Primer

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shakWe discussed briefly in the past the art and practice of Latin and Greek profanities.
But when it comes to colorful language, I stick by the Elizabethans, and indeed a lot of Shakespearean insults are not only useful as we write fantasy (historical or otherwise), but also in real life.
Sure it takes’em by surprise.

And despite what some may think, a well-placed insult can carry a lot of information and push the narrative forward.

And here’s a short round-up of Shakespearean insults as narrative devices, for starters…


… and then, a handy infographic… (courtesy of No Sweat Shakespeare)


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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