Animated Anatomy of Shakespearean Slurs
Heartless hinds, fishmongers, and lots of thumb-biting.
By Maria Popova
Nearly two years ago, The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition gave us high-brow verbal sparring lessons with some of literary history’s finest comebacks, taunts, and effronteries. Now, from educator April Gudenrath and the team at TED-Ed comes this primer on Shakespearean insults, which served to unify the audience and to develop relationships between characters in a very short and sharp way.
Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Published May 15, 2012