23/04/2013 06:01 BST | Updated 23/04/2014 10:59 BST

20 Great Shakespearean Insults

SEE ALSO: 45 Everyday Phrases Coined By Shakespeare

April 23rd isn't just St George's Day, of course. It's also the date of William Shakespeare's birthday - and the date he died.

And what's more English than insulting someone with a witty put-down? Why, nothing! Except perhaps for tea and scones. But in the absence of those, here's our tribute to the Bard: some of his finest, funniest insults. Feel free to use one on any Englishman you address today...

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(Sources: No Sweat Shakespeare, Shakespeare Online )