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 New: $82.26 / Used: $0.56 (16 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 New: $196.42 / Used: $0.65 (14 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: $18.44 / Used: $8.40 (40 avail)A vital resource for scholars, students and actors, this book contains glosses and quotes for over 14,000 words that could be misunderstood by or are unknown to a modern audience. Displayed panels look at such areas of Shakespeare's language as greetings, swear-words and terms of address. Plot summaries are included for all Shakespeare's plays and on the facing page is a unique diagramatic representation of the relationships within each play.
A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns and Their SignificanceBuy New: $58.00 / Used: $18.04 (24 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: $4.85 / Used: $0.01 (38 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: $15.48 / Used: $5.30 (64 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 two 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: $16.04 / Used: $0.01 (19 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: $10.53 / Used: $0.01 (125 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.
Talking Dirty: Slang, Expletives, and Curses from Around the WorldBuy New: $18.54 / Used: $1.10 (22 avail)We all swear, but usually we don't know from whence those lovely words came. Here is a guide (in a manner of speaking) to practically every dirty word or phrase that's ever been uttered, and very likely, many new ones. Whether looking to curse or let off steam in English or any other tongue, readers will find Talking Dirty a virtually infinite source.
English Through the AgesBuy New: $3.85 / Used: $0.01 (38 avail)Unique among etymology books, English Through the Ages places words on the long and dynamic timeline of English word creation, chronicling words according to when it can be confirmed they were in use. Words are organized into time groupings from "In Use by 1150" to "In Use by 1990." Entry-words list changes in meaning and when related words (such as the noun use of a verb) came into being. Timelines are grouped into categories of words, including "Geography/Places, " "The Body, " "Everyday Life, " "Insults" and "Slang" so you can browse for related words. And, all entrywords are cross-referenced in a comprehensive index.
A Shakespearian Grammar: An Attempt to Illustrate Some of the Differences Between...Buy New: $21.99 / Used: $13.76 (4 avail)This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
Opus Maledictorum: A Book of Bad WordsBuy New: $19.99 / Used: $0.01 (24 avail)Culled from 20 years of Maledicta--"the journal the world swears by"--this compendium of colorful language in all its forms takes a linguistic look at "dirty words". Offering a clever mixture of both scholarly and popular, witty and serious words, this good-natured look at offensive language includes dirty jokes, regional swear words, and myriad terms of abuse.
Treasure IslandBuy New: $8.64 / Used: $1.75 (63 avail)Young Jim Hawkins has a map, and pirate Long John Silver wants it. From the Robert Louis Stevenson novel.
Long John Silver: Return to Treasure IslandBuy New: $2.00 / Used: $1.99 (2 avail)After the Treasure Island adventure, Long John Silver (Robert Newton) turns up on a British Caribbean island, where he hears that rival pirate Mendoza has taken the ship carrying the governor's daughter...and his young friend Jim Hawkins. Naturally, ther