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Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit Paperback – October 3, 1995
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My one quibble with the collection is that is seems rudderless in its organization. If we are intended to use the language as our own, why does most of the book consist of a list of insults organized by PLAY (which is hard to use, and a bit tedious to read unless you are treating the book as a concordance for the play itself) rather than by type of insult or applicability? (The final section offers this, but it is VERY short). In terms of content and concept, though, this book makes for a great addition to a classroom, resource collection, letter-writing desktop, or to the Shakeseare-lover's coffee table -- a good gift for the scholar or bibliophile.
The book begins with Part I providing a list of ready to use insulting names for the act of "name-calling." Part II examines Shakespeare's major plays and the insulting lines therefrom. Part III ends the book with a list of Ready Insults For Particular Occasions.
Trust me, upon purchase and use of this text, when the content is memorized, you will never be at a loss for words again! Commendable work. Outstanding. Five stars.
Example: "You foul-mouthed and caluminous knave; you rabble of vile confederates, and herd of boils and plagues, etc."
It would be nice if each quote/insult had play(s), act.scene.line(s), and characters. Considering the fact this is mainly an index of insults and not copyrighted material, it seems more like a lack of effort than an oversight--especially since the book is available in digital format.
With insults cataloged by play and application, this book serves several ends. Should a child or subordinate fail to exercise proper and suitable speech, you can point out that "more of your conversation would infect my brain", and as a corrective training, have them copy out a few pages of insult and profanity superior to the run of the mill in twenty-first century United States. This book clearly illustrates that Shakespeare is livelier than most high school teachers will allow it to be in their class rooms. And it provides a repository of useful words and phrases for those moments and individuals in life that the 'F' word simply falls short of.
I enjoyed this book and have gotten great use out of it.
E. M. Van Court
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! Got it to read up on insults as a performer at renfairs. But learned a lot and renewed acquaintance with old friend insults from the Bard. Well-referenced.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
An absolute must for any serious writer of scathing letters to the editor, one's Congressional representatives, or those pithy responses on internet political sites. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MomCat99