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A Little Shakespeare: Pericles Activities

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Kate Cordaro
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SHAKESPEARE'S DICTIONARY

Materials Needed:

List of words
Notecards or paper
Writing materials
Dictionaries or online Dictionary

Introduction

Shakespeare had an enormous impact on the English language. Over a thousand words were first recorded in his plays, and he has been credited with first using words such as “elbowroom”, “housekeeping”, “eyeball”, and “puke”!

He also coined a number of phrases that we now think of as common, including:

  • All that glitters is not gold (originally All that glisters is not gold)
  • Catch a cold
  • Heart of gold
  • Too much of a good thing

Playing with Definitions

Look at the list of words Shakespeare is credited with introducing to the English language.

Write the word on a notecard or piece of paper, and then write:

  • the correct definition
  • as well as two false definitions that you think are believable enough to trick your friends or family

See who guesses the correct definition!

Word List—Elementary

  • Frugal
  • Impede
  • Lackluster
  • Tranquil
  • Auspicious
  • Clangor
  • Dwindle
  • Seamy
  • Gust
  • Hobnob
  • Gnarled
  • Grovel
  • Ode
  • Majestic
  • Scuffle
  • Rant

Word List—High School

  • Auspicious
  • Clangor
  • Dexterously
  • Sanctimonious
  • Pedant
  • Besmirch
  • Castigate
  • Metamorphize
  • Baseless
  • Swagger
  • Dauntless
  • Obsequious
  • Lackluster
  • Pageantry
  • Scuffle
  • Dishearten

SHAKESPEAREAN INSULT GENERATOR

Materials Needed:             Insults 1–4

Evocation/Introduction

One of the most fun ways to play with Shakespeare’s language is to play with insults.

The Insult Generator can create striking, impressive insults for any situation!

Create a Shakespearean insult using one word/phrase from each page — 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Examples:     “(1) Swim with leeches, (2) you goatish, (3) mad-brained (4) canker-blossom!”

“(1) Get thee gone, (2) you puking, (3) dizzy-eyed (4) foot-licker!”

It is not important to know the exact meaning of the words; choose words that sound funny or interesting to you.

The insult will be largely in your delivery – the way you say it.

Debrief

  • Why is the activity funny? What makes it funny? What is the funniest combination of words/phrases that you can find?
  • Do you recognize any insults from the play? How were insults used in that context? How did characters in this play express scorn or anger?

 

Insult 1

Away I say

Bathe thyself

Be not deaf

Beware my sting

Clean thine ears

Eat a crocodile

Eat my knickers

Fie upon thee

Forsooth I say

Get thee gone

Get thee hence

Grow unsightly warts

Hear me now

I’ll see thee hanged

Kiss my codpiece

My finger in thine eye

“Phui” I say

Sit thee on a spit

Swim with leeches

Trip on thy sword

Wipe thy ugly face

Thou art a/an

Insult 2—Say “you” then add…

Artless

Bawdy

Blubbering

Bootless

Cantankerous

Churlish

Craven

Dankish

Dissembling

Droning

Fawning

Fobbing

Errant

Fool-born

Foppish

Gleeking

Goatish

Gorbellied

Ill nurtured

Incestuous

Infectious

Loggerheaded

Lumpish

Loutish

Mammering

Mangled

Mewling

Paunchy

Puking

Puny

Qualling

Rank

Rump-fed

Reeking

Rougish

Saucy

Spleeny

Spongy

Surly

Tottering

Unmuzzled

Venomed

Warped

Wayward

Weedy

Wretched

Insult 3

Addle-pated

Beef-witted

Beetle-headed

Boil-brained

Clapper-clawed

Clay-brained

Codpiece-sniffing

Crook-pated

Dismal-dreaming

Dizzy-eyed

Dog-hearted

Earth-vexing

Elf-skinned

Fat-mouthed

Fly-bitten

Fool-born

Foul-practicing

Full-gorged

Half-faced

Hedge-born

Ill-bred

Knotty-pated

Mad-brained

Milk-livered

Pox-marked

Rough-hewn

Rude-growing

Rump-fed

Sheep-biting

Swag-bellied

Tardy-gaited

Tickle-brained

Toad-spotted

Urchin-snouted

Weather-bitten

Insult 4

Apple-john

Baggage

Barnacle

Bladder

Boar-pig

Bumbear

Bumbailey

Canker-blossom

Clackdish

Clotpole

Coxcomb

Codpiece

Death-token

Dewberry

Dotard

Flap-dragon

Flea

Flirt-gill

Foot-licker

Giglet

Gudgeon

Harpy

Hedge-pig

Horn-beast

Hugger-mugger

Joltster

Knave

Lout

Maggot-pie

Malt-worm

Mammet

Minnow

Miscreant

Mumble-news

Nit

Nut-hook

Pigeon-egg

Pignut

Pumpion

Puttock

Rudesby

Scut

Strumpet

Varlot

Vassal

Wagtail

Water-fly