Seeing how much you enjoyed my post, Of Canker-blossomed Fishwives and Faithless Prunes: Creative Insults, here are a couple of Infographics and photos with Shakespearean insults. This proves that (a) Shakespeare was beyond doubt a creative genius, and (b) you can find an Infographic about pretty much everything on the Internet.
Sadly, my personal favorite – “I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I can see that you are unarmed” – is falsely attributed to the Bard. The closest he said to that effect is from Much Ado about Nothing [Source]:
In our last battle of wits he lost most of his, and now he’s only left with one, so I’m going to let him keep it so people can tell the difference between him and his horse.
This is pre-Hemingway, remember, so people loved long, run-on sentences.
So, what’s your favorite one?
NB. The original post had trouble magnifying properly the infographic. The link has now been changed, to allow you to do so. Apologies for any trouble.