Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant (Hardcover)

Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults

By Sarah Royal, Jillian Hofer

Running Press Adult, 9780762453214, 128pp.

Publication Date: February 11, 2014

List Price: 12.95*
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A Shakespearean insult generator that creates tart-tongued and totally humorous bawdy combinations and clever comebacks.

Some occasions call for foul language, but why resort to the common F-word? If you must be offensive, hearken back to the Elizabethan days for more salacious and outrageous word choices. Impress your friends with your mastery of lewd iambic pentameter and vanquish your enemies with the power of the bard. After all, a toad-spotted maggot by any other name would be as pestilent . . .

Mix and match to come up with your own raucous rebuffs, including:

  • Thou Foul-Reeking Lily-Livered Codpiece!
  • Thou Ruttish Rump-Fed Pignut!
  • Thou Beslubbering Cockeyed Canker-blossom!
  • Thou Churlish Dull-Eyed Hag
    And more!

About the Author

Sarah Royal has spent the past few years in New Jersey, New York City, and Chicago, and has absorbed a great deal of creative profanity from all three filthy environments. She's a writer who has published articles, stories, essays, and zines. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jillian Hofer has worked behind the scenes in enough restaurants to have heard a smorgasboard of indignities guaranteed to keep her talking like a sailor for a lifetime. She lives with her husband and son in Rye Brook, New York.