“I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!” Much Ado About Nothing Bill
Insults tell us a lot about the time they were written. Think about it. To insult someone is to find a social/personal weakness and pry at it. I remember reading in a Celtic history book when I was smol (I have no idea what it was) that it was considered quiet offensive to criticise someones fingernails.
When we insult people we’re not as poetic- which is fair this is a play write we’re comparing ourselves to. They just tend to be a bit more basic. Or just purely unimaginative. It’s been a while since someone personally insulted me (which is probably a good thing). There was a prolifer proChristian MAGA sort that got into one of the childfree groups I was in a while ago. Telling us he wished we were all barren. I think he misjudged us slightly.
Anyway I just adore the way Shakespeare insults people. This one in particular, as when I was checking it cam from Much Ado (I’m super paranoid I’ll cite the wrong play/sonnet) there were people Googling what it meant. It was the quintessential “aww sweetie” moment. If you’re looking for others, that were actually written by the bard, take this Shakespearean Insulter for a whirl.