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

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Twelfth Night (Act 1, scene 3)

SIR ANDREW
But it becomes me well enough, does ’t not?
SIR TOBY BELCH
Excellent; it hangs like flax on a distaff; and I hope to see a housewife take thee between her legs and spin it off.

Okay, so it’s obvious SOMETHING is going on here. But if you’re unfamiliar with Elizabethan slang, it’s not immediately clear WHAT. I’m just going to level with you: Toby Belch is telling Andrew that his hair looks terrible. He says that if would be best if Andrew had sex with a woman and contracted syphilis, a disease commonly associated with hair loss.

Topics: Books
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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