Created By: EpicEbi on August 16, 2012

Shakespearean Insult

Someone says an insult to someone else with class, almost like it's from a Shakspeare play.

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So you're a really smart person: good grades, lots of knowledge and what-not. But then you have someone who is bugging you, maybe even bullying you.

There's only one way to show how annoyed you are...

You give them the Shakespearean Insult, where a character uses complicated and sophisticated words to insult someone, to put plainly. It's meant to show themselves as being highly intelligent because they speak like Spock, and still have room to trash-talk.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • August 16, 2012
    Being smart means you cannot call use the word "jerk", "bitch" or "wanker"?
  • August 16, 2012
    In Cyrano De Bergerac (and Roxanne), the lead character is unimpressed by a Jerkass making fun of his large nose, and replies with many much more classy insults that he could have used.
  • August 16, 2012
    But this is probably Flowery Insults.
  • August 16, 2012
    The Mallorean has Mandorallen deliver several pages worth of these.
    Mandorallen: My lord, I find thy face apelike and thy form misshapen. Thy beard, moreover, is an offense against decency, resembling more closely the scabrous fur which doth decorate the hinder portion of a mongrel dog than a proper adornment for a human face. Is it possible that thy mother, seized by some wild lechery, did dally at some time past with a randy goat?

    Also compare Upper Class Wit.
  • August 16, 2012
    Newspaper Comics: In Calvin and Hobbes, I think Calvin does this against bully Moe at least once. Of course Moe doesn't understand a word.
  • August 16, 2012
    Yeah, I'm thinking we already have this one too.
  • August 17, 2012
    Definitely Flowery Insults, and the description here is full of Unfortunate Implications. I vote to discard.
  • August 17, 2012
    At best, it's Flowery Insults combined with Flowery Elizabethan English, which is just a case of A+B and not actually a trope.
  • August 17, 2012
    Okay, I'll discard it. This trope has been on my mind for a while, and I wanted to see if we had it already. Since we do, I'll get rid of it.