The Shakespeare Insult Kit

During this segment, the children are placed in a single line facing a another opposite them made up of the LSW: Junior Inter-ACT team members.   They are asked if they have ever felt the urge to insult their teachers, parents, siblings, bus conductors, etc., to which they usually squell excitedly in the affirmative.   They are then told that, on this occasion only, that they will be allowed to do just that.  (SHOCK & APPLAUSE are like now to be the order of the day) [Please note:   Teachers usually get in the queue alongside the sacrificial actors!]  One by one each child steps forward in front of the line of their peers (beginning with one end and ending with the other) and face a terror filled adult member immediately opposite who, in turn, fronts their team.  Having constructed their devistating insult from The Shakespeare Insult Kit such as illustrated below (Thou + One Word from Column 1 + One Word from Column 2 + One Word from Column 3), all the children repeat it.  Then the adults, in a frightening chorus, respond 'NAAAA' and the adult member then creates an original, contemporary insult (You + Something + Something + Something), after which the cycle is repeated, the kids go 'NAAA' and two more adversaries step up to bat.  Thus it is, in excellent spirits of good humour, until all have had their turn.  

We hope through the fun of this excercise to illustrate to the children, without enforcement, that languae is not only their friend, but a vitally cruical tool to be employed with care in their everyday life.  I am certain there are probably a few mothers later that same evening who will wish that we hadn't bothered.   If so, the point will have been well made!

Thou ….

Artless

Base-court

Apple-john

Bawdy

Beef-witted

Barnacle

Beslubbering

Beetle-headed

Bladder

Churlish

Boil-Brained

Boar-Pig

Cockered

Clapper-Clawed

Bugbear

Clouted

Clay-Brained

Bum-Bailey

Craven

Common-Kissing

Canker-Blossom

Currish

Crook-Pated

Clack-Dish

Dankish

Dismal-Dreaming

Clotpole

Dissembling

Dizzy-Eyed

Coxcomb

Droning

Doghearted

Codpiece

Errant

Dread-Bolted

Death-Token

Fawning

Earth-Vexing

Dewberry

Fobbing

Elf-Skinned

Flap-Dragon

Froward

Fat-Kidneyed

Flax-Wench

Frothy

Fun-Sucked

Flirt-Gill

Gleeking

Flap-Mouthed

Foot-Licker

Goatish

Fly-Bitten

Fustilarian

Gorbellied

Folly-Fallen

Giglet

Impertinent

Fool-Born

Gudgeon

Infectious

Full-Gorged

Haggard

Jarring

Guts-Griping

Harpy

Loggerheaded

Half-Faced

Hedge-Pig

Lumpish

Hasty-Witted

Horn-Beast

Mammering

Hedge-Born

Hugger-Mugger

Mangled

Hell-Hated

Joithead

Mewling

Idle-Headed

Lewdster

Paunchy

Ill-Breeding

Lout

Pribbling

Ill-Nurtured

Maggot-Pie

Puking

Knotty-Pated

Malt-Worm

Puny

Milk-Livered

Mammet

Qualling

Motley-Minded

Measle

Rank

Onion-Eyed

Minnow

Reeky

Plume-Plucked

Miscreant

Roguish

Pottle-Deep

Moldwarp

Ruttish

Pox-Marked

Mumble-News

Saucy

Reeling-Ripe

Nut-Hook

Spleeny

Rough-Hewn

Pigeon-Egg

Spongy

Rude-Growing

Pignut

Surly

Rump-Fed

Puttock

Tottering

Shard-Bone

Pumpion

Unmuzzled

Sheep-Biting

Ratsbane

Vain

Spur-Galled

Scut

Venomed

Swag-Bellied

Skainsmate

Villainous

Tardy-Gaited

Strumpet

Warped

Tickle-Brained

Varlot

Wayward

Toad-Spotted

Vassal

Weedy

Unchin-Snouted

Whey-Face

Yeasty

Weather-Bitten

Wagtail

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