In Focus: Shakespeare Insult Generator

Happy 450th birthday, William Shakespeare!

Shakespeare Insult Generator Birthday

We’re celebrating the esteemed bard with The Shakespeare Insult Generatora collection of hundreds of Shakespeare’s most pointed barbs. Readers can combine them in creative and hilariously stinging ways–perfect for the birthday card Shakespeare would appreciate most.

For example:
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A “mammering, knotty-pated bed-presser” is a stammering, thick-headed lazy person.

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A “fusty, puke-stocking mushrump” is a moldy, dark-colored leg-wear mushroom.

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And a “gorbellied, motley-minded rampallian” is a big bellied, foolish ruffian.

Happy birthday again, Shakespeare! Thank you for widening our insult vocabulary, you beslubbering, tripe-visaged bugbear.

Irene Kim
Marketing Assistant


Irene Kim Shepherd

Assoc. Manager of Visual Content at Chronicle Books, photographer, and overall aesthete. See more of her work at
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