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N.Beltov
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posted 16 August 2007 11:27 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My high school teacher viewed this as the greatest insult by the greatest writer that ever lived. Enjoy!

quote:
OSWALD: Good dawning to thee, friend. Art of this house?

KENT: Ay.

OSWALD: Where may we set our horses?

KENT: I'th'mire.

...

OSWALD; What dost thou know me for?

KENT: A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pander, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch; one whom I will beat into clamorous whining if thou deny'st the least syllable of thy addition.


King Lear,William Shakespeare, Act II, Scene 2

There's more, but that's the juicy bit. I especially like the part where Kent notes that, should Oswald deny the smallest part of the well deserved verbal thrashing, he'll get a physical thrashing as well, that will leave him whining clamorously. Gadzooks! They knew how to insult in those days.

[ 16 August 2007: Message edited by: N.Beltov ]


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 16 August 2007 01:04 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
heh, that's awesome. Here's some examples from an American master:

Mark Twain


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N.Beltov
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posted 16 August 2007 01:19 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's a handy website. I been there before.
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