22 of the Best Shakespearean Insults That Still Sting Today

We know the Bard is one of the greatest writers in history, but we had no idea his burns were so savage.

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A quick jab to the ego

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"Thou crusty batch of nature!"
From Troilus and Cressida

The lengthy, eloquent synonym for “idiot”

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"Why, thou clay brained guts, thou knotty pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow catch!"
From Henry IV, Part 1

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For the grump in your life

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"The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes."
From Coriolanus

The most epic way to call out liars

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"Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell."
From Othello

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The Shakespearean “your mom” joke

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"Villain, I have done thy mother."
From Titus Andronicus

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Married ladies, you know you're thinking it

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"Men from children nothing differ."
From Much Ado About Nothing

I can see clearly—now that you're gone

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"Out of my sight! Thou dost infect my eyes."
From Richard III

When you’re fed up with the world

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"Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens!"
From As You Like It

For dramatic effect, throw up your hands and shout:

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"A foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is man!"
From Hamlet

Imma let you finish, but…

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"Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood."
From King Lear

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