Another Monday, another good insult from Shakespeare.
This week’s insult was loosed by Henry V–the former “Prince Hal”–at his former drinking buddy, Sir John Falstaff:
This sanguine coward, this bed-presser, this horseback-breaker, this huge hill of flesh! (1 Henry IV, 2.4.225-6).
Well. Chances are, if you try this string of insults on some lazy ne’er-do-well in your neighborhood, he or she won’t know what you’re talking about. But you will. And isn’t that what really counts?