Shakespeare invented more than 1,700 words mostly by changing nouns into verbs. For National Talk Like Shakespeare Day on April 23rd, we compiled some of his best insults from a few of his major works that show why he was the ultimate Bard-ass. Check out the full list on our blog.

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Thy tongue outvenoms all the worms of Nile.

This one is fairly self-explanatory and you may well be able to guess it without too much thought.

You are a fusty nut with no kernel.

Has anyone ever told you you’re not the sharpest tool in the shed? Well, this pretty much means the same sort of thing.

Thou sodden-witted lord! Thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows!

In this insult he hints that elbows don’t have any brains and that the receiver of this insult is the same as the joint in question!

I do desire that we may be better as strangers.

For those who have turned someone down or had the horrible experience of being turned down, it seems you’re not the only one. Shakespeare had a quip or two about this topic in particular.