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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.

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Shakespeare's Insults for Lawyers
Shakespeare's Insults for Lawyers
Wayne F. Hill, Cynthia J. Ottchen, Tom Lulevitch
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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 Doctors
Shakespeare's Insults for Doctors
Wayne F. Hill, Cynthia J. Ottchen, Tom Lulevitch
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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 Companion
Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion
David Crystal, Ben Crystal
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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 Significance
A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns and Their Significance
Frankie Rubinstein
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'...Rubinstein is far from innocent and comes to our aid with a lot of learning...and is quite right to urge that not to appreciate the sexiness of Shakespeare's language impoverishes our own understanding of him. For one thing, it was a strong element in his appeal to Elizabethans, who were much less woolly-mouthed and smooth-tongued than we are. For another, it has constituted a salty preservative for his work, among those who can appreciate it...an enlightening book.' A.L.Rowse, The Standard

Shakespeare's Bawdy (Routledge Classics)
Shakespeare's Bawdy (Routledge Classics)
Eric Partridge
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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...
Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary: A Complete Dictionary of All the English...
Alexander Schmidt
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In more than 300 years of Shakespearean scholarship, only one book, the famous Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary, has investigated the meaning of every word that Shakespeare wrote. The lifetime work of Professor Alexander Schmidt of Königsberg, this book has long been the indispensable companion for every person seriously interested in Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry and prose of any sort, or English literature. It is really two important books in one.
Schmidt’s set contains every single word that Shakespeare used, not simply words that have changed their meaning since the seventeenth century, but every word in all the accepted plays and the poems. Covering both quartos and folios, it carefully distinguishes between shades of meaning for each word and provides exact definitions, plus governing phrases and locations, down to the numbered line of the Cambridge edition of Shakespeare. There is no other word dictionary comparable to this work.
Even more useful to the general reader, however, is the incredible wealth of exact quotations. Arranged under the words of the quotation itself (hence no need to consult confusing subject classifications) are more... [more]

Book Of Insults: Ancient & Modern
Book Of Insults: Ancient & Modern
Nancy McPhee
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Book Of Insults: Ancient & Modern

Shakespeare's Insults for Teachers
Shakespeare's Insults for Teachers
Wayne F. Hill
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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 Wit
Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit
Wayne F. Hill, Cynthia J. Ottchen
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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.

Bozzimacoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths and Swearwords
Bozzimacoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths and Swearwords
Mary Marshall
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Talking Dirty: Slang, Expletives, and Curses from Around the World
Talking Dirty: Slang, Expletives, and Curses from Around the World
Jeremy R. Ellis
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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 Ages
English Through the Ages
William Brohaugh
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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...
A Shakespearian Grammar: An Attempt to Illustrate Some of the Differences Between...
Edwin Abbott Abbott
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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 Words
Opus Maledictorum: A Book of Bad Words
Reinhold Aman
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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 Island
Treasure Island
Lawrence Edward Watkin
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Ahoy, mateys! Come aboard the good ship Hispaniola and set sail in search of buried treasure in one of Disney's most critically acclaimed adventure classics -- presented in its original, uncut theatrical version! In his first all-live-action feature, Walt Disney has vividly brought to life Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless tale of buccaneers and buried gold. Authentic locales, rich color photography, and musket-roaring action set the stage for the stouthearted heroics of young Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) -- and the skullduggery of that wily, one-legged pirate of all pirates, Long John Silver. Aye, for the kind of excitement that only treasure and treachery can bring, there's no better destination than TREASURE ISLAND!|The movie was filmed in England where Disney had "frozen" pounds following World War II -- that is, film revenue that couldn't be spent outside of England.|To create authenticity, the filmmakers used numerous "glass shots" in which an artificial background and extension were painted onto glass in front of the camera lens, creating amazingly realistic results.|Three camera crews worked on the film: one shooting out on the ocean, one shooting exteriors, and one shooting... [more]

Long John Silver: Return to Treasure Island
Long John Silver: Return to Treasure Island

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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



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