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Cankers, Caterpillars, and Malt-worms: 3 Shakespearean Insults

A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar feeds on a leaf in Kathamandu on October 30, 2011. Caterpillars are the la
A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar feeds on a leaf in Kathamandu on October 30, 2011. Caterpillars are the larval form of a member of the order Lepidoptera (the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). They are mostly herbivorous in food habit, with some species being insectivorous. Caterpillars are voracious feeders and many of them are considered to be pests in agriculture. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Great insults pepper the comedies and tragedies of William Shakespeare. (Though the Bard of Avon is known for his terms of endearments as well.) From A Midsummer Night’s Dream to King Henry IV, here are a few of our favorites.

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