Do you know what ‘fishmonger’ means?
fishmonger (plural fishmongers)
- (UK) A person who sells fish.
- (UK, rare) A fishmonger’s, a fishmonger’s shop: a shop that sells fish.
- (archaic) A pimp.
- “Excellent well; you are a fishmonger.” – William Shakespeare, said by Hamlet to Polonius. (Act 2, Scene 2)
And how about ‘to bite your thumb‘? In medieval times this was the equivalent of giving someone the middle finger.
Today we´ll see another amazing TED video:
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.