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7 Dirty Jokes You Didn't Catch in Shakespeare's Most Popular Plays

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Hamlet (Act 3, scene 2)

At this point, Hamlet has pretty much boarded the crazy train to crazy town. He asks Ophelia if he can sit in her lap, and when she's like "Oh, no thanks, I'm good," he asks her if she thought he was making a sexual advance. She says:

OPHELIA
I think nothing, my lord.

HAMLET
That’s a fair thought to lie between maids' legs.

OPHELIA
What is, my lord?

HAMLET
Nothing.

"Nothing" may seem pretty innocuous to our unlearned twenty-first-century ears, but in the 1600s, “nothing” was slang for “lady bits” and everyone knew it. (This puts Much Ado About Nothing into an entirely different light, does it not?)

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Tags: romeo and juliet, shakespeare, books we love, hamlet, dirty jokes, classic literature, much ado about nothing, twelfth night, a midsummer night's dream, william shakespeare, ayyy

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