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02/10/2014 02:22 pm ET Updated Feb 13, 2014

9 Great Insults From Shakespeare

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The Bard has been credited for popularizing thousands of English language words, including gloomy, critical and zany. He may also be responsible for the invention of rant, which would explain why he's also known for devising especially clever and biting insults.

Here are 9 of Shakespeare's absolute best put-downs, from Shakespeare Insult Generator [Chronicle, $12.95]:

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