One of our favorite annual Shakes activities is a good old-fashioned Shakespearean insults battle.
We split them up into teams and give them a list of adjectives and let ’em rip! There is a very subjective judge who usually keeps the score pretty even and all kinds of fun posturing and silly antics. Nobody gets insulted and everybody laughs a lot. It usually starts with “You’re a…” or (even better) “Yo’ mama is a…”
Here are some of the best:
Bootless, sheep-biting maggot pie!
Lumpish, milk-livered dewberry!
Mangled, earth-vexing giglet!
Cockered, boil-brained lout!
Fobbing, swag-bellied puttock! (swag-bellied was a popular favorite)
Puking, half-faced foot-licker!
Puny, ill-breeding boar pig!
Puking, plump-plucked puttock!
Venomed, fool-born foot licker!
Bootless, onion-eyed wagtail!
Errant, droning, fen-sucked poopface! (I don’t know how poopface got in there…)
Rank, folly-fallen clotpole.
So which team won? 🙂