Rules For Comedy

Shakespearean Insults

Work Time

Take a look at the list of Shakespeare’s insults and compliments. Note that each group of words is divided into three columns.

Choose one word from each column to make a three-word insult or compliment that you will say to the people you meet. Your teacher will organize you into two circles for this exercise.

To get you started, here are a couple of possibilities.

  • “You rank, puking codpiece!”
  • “You’re a paunchy, artless lout!”
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