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Shakespeare and Profanity – “Shakespeare” – Bill Bryson

May 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Writing

Where Ben Jonson manured his plays, as it were, with frequent interjections of ‘turd I’ your teeth’, ‘shit o’ your head’, and ‘I fart at thee,’ Shakespeares audiences had to be content with a very occasional ‘a pox on’t’, ‘God’s bread,’ and one ‘whoreson jacknapes’.

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