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Last Updated: Monday August 08 2005 11:53 GMT

Shakespearean insults

An actor having his nose tweaked in a play at Shakepeare's Globe Theatre (Picture: John Tramper)
The English Shakespeare wrote and spoke is slightly different to the language we use today.

Here are some of the common words he used and their meanings:

  • morrow - day
  • fare thee well - goodbye
  • aye/yea - yes
  • nay - no
  • prithee/pray - please
  • grammarcy - thank you
And here's how to curse someone in Shakespeare's time:
  • Thou loggerheaded maggot-pie!
  • Thou swag-bellied pignut!
  • Thou hell-hated ratsbane!
  • Thou urchin-snouted foot-licker!
  • Thou beetle-headed canker-blossom!


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