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08 Oct 2016 11:50 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Haddockisms are allowed. Why not The Bard?" to "Haddockisms are allowed. Why not The Bard?"
  • Removed from TMP Poll Suggestions board

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John the OFM27 Apr 2016 4:48 p.m. PST

For some strange reason, Personal Insults™ are allowed if they are ridiculous Hddockisms.
so, why nit allow insults from Shakespeare?

And to give you a start, try thuis:

I think we need an addition to the FAQ to allow Shakesperean (or Marlowe or Ben Jonson or Samuel Johnson or…) insults.
Flowery Elizabethan insults.
Homeric insults.
Heck, Voltaire. Cervantes. Sinkiewicz.

Question for the Poll.
"Should Personal Insults be allowed if they exhibit snooty and snotty literary knowledge?"

"You suck, man." gets the DH.
But "[Thou art] a fool, a coward, one all of luxury, an ass, a madman." (Taken from: Measure for Measure.) THAT gives you an attaboy.


John the OFM27 Apr 2016 4:51 p.m. PST

I should caution that you better be able to cite a reference.

"Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, and so is an ass." The Comedy of Errors.

Sigwald27 Apr 2016 4:53 p.m. PST

Thou gleeking elf-skinned lewdster!

Hafen von Schlockenberg27 Apr 2016 5:32 p.m. PST

"You,sir,are an acrocephalic,ankyloproctic,anorchus!"
--Depraved and Insulting English,1999

Now,let me get to the B's…

peterx Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2016 5:59 p.m. PST

Thou cream faced loon!

Winston Smith27 Apr 2016 6:17 p.m. PST

I might note that many of the insults in the site the OFM cites are non credited. I think we can safely assume they are made up. They are faux Shakespeare, and thus subject to the DH.


Thou Bleeped textson mandrake, thou art fitter to be worn in my cap than to wait at my heels.

Taken from: Henry IV, part 2

is acceptable.
Thou bootless hedge-born flirt-gill!

is taken from the site, but without attribution. That would be not acceptable, unless you can Google it and verify its provenance.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2016 6:17 p.m. PST

Thou paltroon!

Winston Smith27 Apr 2016 6:30 p.m. PST

The Bible can also be mined for neat insults that should be allowed.

"You son of a perverse and rebellious woman!"

1Samuel 20:30

In the Iliad, Achilles has some juicy ones for Agamemnon. And let's not forget Thersites. But to use them, you must cite book and line or face just punishment.

Glengarry527 Apr 2016 8:05 p.m. PST


Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut27 Apr 2016 8:10 p.m. PST

Such a bandylegged bluebellied gambol hen, I swear!

warwell28 Apr 2016 1:19 a.m. PST
Mute Bystander28 Apr 2016 2:42 a.m. PST

Typical attention grabbing, not serious, ludicrous John the OFM/Winston suggestion.


redbanner414528 Apr 2016 3:51 a.m. PST

My favorite Homeric insult: You sack of wine!

Winston Smith28 Apr 2016 3:56 a.m. PST

You are a fishmonger.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2016 4:22 a.m. PST

"Thou knave – thou naughty knave."

The life and death of Julius Caesar.

Hafen von Schlockenberg28 Apr 2016 4:47 a.m. PST

I'm with MB. TMP is for serious subjects.

Like looking for Jar Jar Binks figures.

Sigwald28 Apr 2016 6:21 a.m. PST


-The Tick

bogdanwaz28 Apr 2016 7:24 a.m. PST

"Thy tongue outvenoms all the worms of Nile." Cymbeline

The Beast Rampant28 Apr 2016 9:08 a.m. PST

Typical attention grabbing, not serious, ludicrous John the OFM/Winston suggestion.

He's living up to his moniker. How about you?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2016 9:47 a.m. PST

What about insults in other idioms?… I'm sure the translator not always catch them…

As an example… if I said: "Bleeped text"… what do you understand?… (smile)


Tom D128 Apr 2016 12:19 p.m. PST

How about Carnac the Magnificent? (As in "May a deranged Roto-rooter man fix your sister's plumbing")

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Apr 2016 12:57 p.m. PST

To the OP, I can only signify my concurrence by saying, Vocabulary, directed at your maternal progenitor".

Bleeped text

I can suck melancholy out of a song as a weasel sucks eggs.
As You Like It, Act II, Scene V

Rod I Robertson28 Apr 2016 2:26 p.m. PST


Winston Smith28 Apr 2016 4:54 p.m. PST

Don't you talk 'bout my Mama!

Militia Pete29 Apr 2016 1:38 a.m. PST

Your words are so foolishly and ignorantly composed that I cannot believe you understand them.

Martin Luther….

zoneofcontrol09 Oct 2016 3:06 p.m. PST

You were born at home but when your mother saw you she went to the hospital! – unknown

FatherOfAllLogic15 Oct 2016 5:35 a.m. PST

Hey Militia Pete, your quote would soon be used up and worn out on this web site.

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