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If Someone Makes You Mad, You Should Throw Down With These Shakespearean Insults

Okay, so, the next time somebody grinds your gears, you should definitely throw down with a clever retort like "swaggering rascal."

Yes, that's right: some serious metaphorical barbed wire from the Bard himself.

In the most recent episode of the YouTube series "Anglophenia," Siobhan Thompson shows off some Shakespearean slander that should absolutely reenter the modern vernacular.

And the best part? You can find out what plays and scenes the insults came from on BBC America.

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  • <strong>Meaning</strong>: Bull’s penis
    Meaning: Bull’s penis
  • <strong>Meaning</strong>: cuckold—a man whose wife was unfaithful was thought to grow horns; from Latin “cornu,” horn
    Meaning: cuckold—a man whose wife was unfaithful was thought to grow horns; from Latin “cornu,” horn
  • <strong>Meaning</strong>: man who busies himself with women’s household tasks
    Meaning: man who busies himself with women’s household tasks
  • <strong>Meaning</strong>: dupe, fool, object of scorn
    Meaning: dupe, fool, object of scorn
  • <strong>Meaning</strong>: one with faith in stupidity
    Meaning: one with faith in stupidity
  • <strong>Meaning</strong>: large cask of malmsey, a strong sweet wine
    Meaning: large cask of malmsey, a strong sweet wine
  • <strong>Meaning</strong>: saucy, insolent boy
    Meaning: saucy, insolent boy
  • <strong>Meaning</strong>: the short, erect tail of a deer
    Meaning: the short, erect tail of a deer
  • <strong>Meaning</strong>: a scoundrel, villain
    Meaning: a scoundrel, villain
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