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

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Hamlet (Act 4, scene 3)

So Claudius is demanding to know where Polonius is. Spoiler alert: Hamlet murdered him. He jokes that Polonius is currently being eaten by worms. He also says:

HAMLET
A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

CLAUDIUS
What dost you mean by this?

HAMLET
Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.

Basically: a worm eats a dead king. A man uses the worm to fish, then eats the fish that ate the worm. Saying a king like Claudius may “progress through the guts of a beggar” is just Hamlet’s really elaborate way of calling his uncle a turd. Good one, Hamlet. You really got him.

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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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