Shakespeare's Insults Explained Via TED-Ed Animation: What's Your Favorite Literary Put-Down? (VIDEO)

05/15/2012 10:36 am ET | Updated May 15, 2012

It's common knowledge Shakespeare used a lot of words. Some he made up, some he combined to great effect, and some were just straight out disses. That last category is the subject of a recent animation by the good people at TEDEd, the TED offshoot that's every lesson plan-writing teacher's dream. Today's lesson: how do Shakespeare's insults function within his plays? The answer, as you'll see below, is more subtle than you might expect.


It's rare we actually ask you to leave insults in the comments sections, but that's exactly what we're about to do. If you need a refresher, here's a handy guide to the Bard's best yo' mamas from HuffPost Books. Or check out this broader chart of put-downs from Dostoevsky to Dent.

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