Shiobhan Thompson proves Shakespearean insults are better than our insults, and need to be brought back.

Shiobhan Thompson proves Shakespearean insults are better than our insults, and need to be brought back.
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Shiobhan Thompson proves Shakespearean insults are better than our insults, and need to be brought back.

To be fair, a good duel now and then would cut down on sarcastic comments in meetings.
And sarcastic coworkers.

I'm not totally sure what an elfskin is, or a dried neat's tongue, or a rampallion, but I know exactly what a filthy bung is, and I'd still be insulted (and angrily confused) if you called me any of those other names. New York-based Englishwoman, comedian, and BBC America personality Siobhan Thompson shows us a world where Shakespeare's insults are still in popular usage today. It's a fun world, a more verbose world. It's not really a classier world. In fact, it's kind of a filthy bung of a world (plus, Thompson uses the c-word a lot less than the Bard did).

This is the third episode of BBC America and Thompson's webseries Anglophenia, and you can follow Siobhan Thompson on Twitter.

(by Johnny McNulty)

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