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Shakespeare Insult Generator: Mix and Match More than 150,000 Insults in the Bard's Own Words (Shakespeare for Kids, Shakespeare Gifts, William Shakespeare) Spiral-bound – March 4, 2014
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"Let's face it. If you spend enough time on the Internet, someone's going to purposely insult you, probably in boring old four-letter fashion. If you're a big enough person, you can close the browser, chat, or email window and turn the other cheek. Or you can break out the spiral bound Shakespeare Insult Generator and mix and match the bard's words to your nefarious purposes. Each page is broken into three flippable cards for over 150,000 combinations of high-brow contempt. On the back of each card is a translation, so you can know exactly what taunt you've tossed. What are you waiting for, you beslubbering, leptus-leering costermonger? "
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This last brings up another point. I had heard that Shakespeare had invented words and phrases we find commonplace now, and it turns out that his wordy inventions include insults. "Arch-Villain" was first used in print in a Shakespeare play, so there's a good chance he invented the phrase. As you're flipping through the words, if the back of a word card has a feather, it means that the word first appeared in Shakespeare.
The back of each card has a brief definition of what the word meant in Shakespeare's day, that's 1564-1616. These can be useful because I may never have guessed that "Nook-Shotten" meant "full of nooks and angles, confusing and deceptive." Just as important, a word's meaning may have changed. The Elizabethan definition of "Incontinent" is "indulging lust without restraint", a bit of a change.
I liked reading the book's introduction as much as anything. It certainly explains why you need this book:
"You will discover the brave new invective-inventive world of Shakespeare's scurrility.
And a welcome world it is when compared with the single syllable insult exchanges produced by some contemporary playwrights who believe the F-word is a superior insult. The usage of the F-word, however, is more akin to the pre-linguistic banality of dogs barking at one another than it is to any inventiveness of human wordsmithery."
Very well put-together in a classy package. The card-stock used for the words is thicker than regular paper, so the cards can better handle flipping them back & forth. And everything is held with a large spiral binding. As I said, a class act as well as being fun.