Here’s what you get when I can’t think of a coherent blog topic….
1. In revenge for Megan’s Free Rice link, I offer you the Shakespeare Insult generator, courtesy of my friend Julie. This wonderful website offers you a cornucopia of the perfect insult, like, “Thou pribbling idle-headed wagtail” or apropos of this blog,”(you) speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
I was, by the way, briefly up to level 46 of 48 on Free Rice and I have donated over 2,000 grains of rice. So Far.
2. The BBC website has a lot of interesting stuff on it, not the least of which are listings of tantalizing shows like, The Age of Excess: When Britain Went Too Far, which is about the excesses of the 18th century. If you click on Empire and Sea Power on the side menu, you get all sorts of wonderful stuff, like an animation of the Battle of Trafalgar or The Waterloo Game. Seriously, there are a bunch of intriguing articles on this site. My only complaint is that they do not call The Regency, The Regency, but lump it into the Georgian period as “Empire and Sea Power.”
3. Contrast this website with the BBC America one, which prominently features what’s new on Hex. If you dig a little deeper, however, you can find a British American Dictionary equally as cumbersome, but with the redeeming feature of showing British insulting words.
And that, I believe, brings me full circle!
Is today giving you any reason to use a Shakespearean insult or a British insulting word?
None for me so far.
I’m off to get my hair colored-with-highlights at Vidal Sasson, so I’ll see you later.
Nope, nothing here. . . well, that I know of! LOL 🙂 And good luck at the salon! 🙂
What great links! I love using Shakespere quotes in books but haven’t used any insults that I can think of…hmmm…great possibilities for a scene!
Have fun at the salon!
I could have used those insult links today (she said darkly).
Have fun getting your hair done! I do the color w/highlights thing too–it forces you to relax, since it takes forever!
LOL! Someone once gave me Shakespeare Insults in a Box, magnets with different words on them that can be combined in various ways. I like to arrange them on my refrigerator. 🙂
No kidding it takes forever, gillian. It totally shot my day and my daughter (who examined them carefully)said, “They look chunky”
yeasty dismal-dreaming hugger-mugger!
I think they look all right.
Great sites, Diane! I’m with you. Gillian. I REALLY needed immediate access to the Shakespeare site today! The plus would be that most of the people I work with would have no clue what I am saying! What a cool gift, Amanda! I would love something like that.
My youngest brother was 3 when we moved to England. As a result, even now at the age of 43 he uses some insults that only a Brit would understand. He says things like “Bloody hell.” “Nobby blighter” “A right nob.” and “Bugger off!” The truly funny thing? My mother still threatens to “clip him round the ear’ole” if she hears him use those words!
Thou droning idle-headed fustilarian!
Love that site, Diane.
Thou beslubbering beetle-headed flax-wench!
I could have used this at the staff meeting today, where I was informed by my esteemed employer that I must now remove the cellophane from all the individual Post-It Notes packages. Apparently one got the better of her.
I love English curses. Do you have to use ** when you write ‘S** off’. When I first found out what ‘bloody hell’ meant I started using it by saying ‘ruddy hell’ because I didn’t want to offend that stray Brit that might wander into my small upstate New York town…..
I think I thought things through too much as a kid!
Diane, photos please, in all your Sasson glory!!
The bricks and mortar and taters has me cream crackered today. Translation from the Cockney slang: The Wee One and the cold has me knackered today.
I’m not sure what to make of this Shakespearean insult: Your face is as a book, where men may read strange matters.
Two quick questions:
1. By channeling my inner OCD patient, I managed to get up to level 50 on Free Rice. My question: should I be proud or ashamed?
2. If one gets highlights, and then stands on one’s head, do they become lowlights?