Listen carefully to the Bard's flowery prose and you're certain to hear a salty insult or two. Needless to say, Shakespeare's slams are a touch more creative than the four-letter words some of us use today. Bring 'em back, we say!

1. From The Tempest…

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2. ‘Away, you three-inch fool!’ From The Taming of the Shrew

3. ‘The tartness of his face sours ripe grape.’ From Coriolanus

4. From Henry IV, Part 1…

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5. ‘She is spherical, like a globe. I could find out countries in her.’ From The Comedy of Errors

6. ‘More of your conversation would infect my brain.’ From Coriolanus

7. From Titus Andronicus…

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8. ‘That my nails were anchored in thine eyes.’ From Richard III

9. ‘Thou art a boil. A plague-sore or embossed carbuncle.’ From King Lear

10. From The Two Gentlemen of Verona…

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11. ‘There’s no more faith in thee than a stewed prune.’ From Henry IV, Part 1

12. ‘I scorn you, you scurvy companion!’ From Henry IV, Part 2

13. From Henry VI…

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14. ‘Thou art the son and heir of a mongrel bitch.’ From King Lear

15. ‘Thine face is not worth sunburning.’ From Henry V

16. From Henry IV, Part 2…

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17. ‘I do desire we may be better strangers.’ From As You Like It

18. ‘Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit. For I am sick when I do look on thee.’ From A Midsummer Night’s Dream

19. From Troilus and Cressida…

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Which of these Shakespearean insults is your favourite?