Above is a portrait that is newly believed by some (though not by others) to be William Shakespeare (1564-1616). As we all know, the Bard had a way with words. When I studied his plays, I was charmed by the cleverness of his insults. Listed below are some of my favorites, retrieved from Insults.net:
Vile worm, you were overlooked even in thy birth.~The Merry Wives of Windsor
An index and obscure prologue to the history of lust and foul thoughts.~Othello
A huge translation of hypocrisy, vilely compiled, profound simplicity.~Love's Labour Lost
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.~Macbeth
All that is within him does condemn itself for being there.~Macbeth
He that depends upon your favours swims with fins of lead, and hews down oaks with rushes.~Coriolanus
Not shaped for sportive tricks, nor made to court an amorous looking glass.~Richard III
And if those tickle you, you may get a laugh by generating a Shakespearean insult on MainStrike.com, Pangloss.com, or webweaving.org.
Finally, note that Shakespeare offers a curse to anyone who disturbs his earthly remains.