How to Make Your Own Shakespearean Insults:
My last few posts have been pretty heady-and-heavy, so I thought I’d lighten up a little this time around and play with language a bit.
Specifically, I wanted to talk about neologisms (invented expressions) and linguistic holes (understandable concepts for which our language lacks a word or phrase).
In some ways, these are two sides of the same coin–the use of language to express the seemingly inexpressible.
Neologisms seem the special province of writers, for who delights more in creative language than we do?
Shakespeare is hands-down the champion in this regard, as demonstrated by the now-famous worksheet for creating one’s own Shakespearean insults that sits atop this post. (Warning: prepare to get lost for a while, thou pribbling, motley-minded puttock!)