Read some William
Shakespeare, particularly the Sonnets (for rhyming) and Merry
Wives of Windsor (for peasant speech). Other contemporaries
include Ben Jonson and Christopher Marlowe.
Buy Gerald Zepeda's book. You will not regret it.
Shakespeare's Insults for LawyersBuy Used: $0.94 (24 avail)Fed up with legal nonsense and red tape? This book provides a way to get back at lawyers by reeling off some rude one-liners, all taken from Shakespeare's works. The first section provides insults for particular occasions while the second addresses the particular flaws of all lawyers.
Shakespeare's Insults for DoctorsBuy Used: $0.01 (16 avail)Fed up with the NHS? This work provides a way for patients to get their own back by reeling off some humorous one-liners all taken from Shakespeare's works. Set out in two parts, the book starts with a section of insults for particular occasions while the second part focuses on specialists.
Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language CompanionBuy New: $15.58 / Used: $8.19 (53 avail)One of the world's foremost authorities on the English language, and the actor Ben Crystal, have taken a fresh look at the vocabulary of Shakespeare's poems and plays and compiled a glossary of nearly 14,000 words and meanings that are frequently misunderstood by—or incomprehensible to—the modern reader. Every entry is supported by at least one illustrative quote to help the student, the teacher, the actor, the scholar, and the general reader grasp the depth and beauty of the Bard's language. Shakespeare's Words includes: Complete listings of all the French, Latin, Spanish, and Italian words, as well as Welsh, Scottish, and Irish dialects Shakespeare used Easy-to-read diagrams that represent the relationships between the characters and places for each play A conventional plot synopsis and list of dramatis personae for all the plays
A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns and Their SignificanceBuy New: $49.40 / Used: $37.59 (12 avail)This dictionary examines previously unnoted puns on the erotic attitudes and practices of the heterosexual and homosexual, the sexual deviant, and the impotent. It includes scatological puns in their usually bawdy contexts and ethnic puns, as sexually snide then as now. It stresses the need to read and hear Shakespeare word by word, giving full weight to each one and asking why the line is so and not otherwise. It heightens our awareness of Shakespeare's words, their Elizabethan connotations and their contemporary validity. For today's non-specialist audiences, the sexual puns are invitations to the fun of Shakespeare.
Shakespeare's Bawdy (Routledge Classics)Buy New: $12.75 / Used: $0.01 (35 avail)This classic of Shakespeare scholarship begins with a masterly introductory essay analysing and exemplifying the various categories of sexual and non-sexual bawdy expressions and allusions in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The main body of the work consists of an alphabetical glossary of all words and phrases used in a sexual or scatological sense, with full explanations and cross-references.
Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary: A Complete Dictionary of All the English...Buy New: $14.49 / Used: $3.51 (56 avail)Volume 1 of massive work by a leading Shakespeare scholar and lexicographer, a standard in the field, provides full definitions, locations, and shades of meaning in every word in Shakespeare's plays and poems. The 2 volumes contain more than 50,000 exact quotations, each precisely located. There is no other word dictionary comparable to this work.
Shakespeare's Insults for TeachersBuy New: $43.01 / Used: $0.01 (22 avail)Having a problem with a lazy student? Forget detention--tell him how you really feel: "Your brains are useless, boil'd within thy skull." Tired of your teacher's boring, pointless lectures? Raise your hand and comment that "Your reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff: you seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them, they are not worth the search." Full of schoolroom slings, digs, and retorts, Shakespeare's Insults for Teachers is better ammunition than a spitball--and hey, you're learning something!
Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your WitBuy New: $10.99 / Used: $0.01 (101 avail)The sharpest stings ever to snap from the tip of an English-speaking tongue are here at hand, ready to be directed at the knaves, villains, and coxcombs of the reader's choice. Culled from 38 plays, here are the best 5,000 examples of Shakespeare's glorious invective, arranged by play, in order of appearance, with helpful act and line numbers for easy reference, along with an index of topical scorn appropriate to particular characters and occasions. Line art.