The 46 finest insults William Shakespeare gave the English language

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The English language owes a great debt to William Shakespeare - inventor of over 1700 of our common words.

Among his other achievements and towering presence in the literary canon, it may be most fitting to remember him for his insults, as we approach the 400th anniversary of the day of his death.

So, with the internet at our fingertips, we did some scouring and came up with a not-too-brief list.

We hope you enjoy, in our opinion, the bard's best beat-downs.

Let us know your favourite in the comments below:

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