After her boyfriend used the expression "bumping uglies," a Twitter follower asked me if our dear Bard had any better euphemisms for...well, bumping uglies. I put the word out an suggestions started rolling in. I thought it might be fun to collect them here for future reference. Feel free to add ones that we missed!
And hey, let's try to keep it PG-13, I've got kids reading.
- "Making the beast with two backs." Technically a Bible one, I believe, but Iago borrows it.
- "Tupping," as in, "that old black ram is tupping your white ewe." Iago again. It sounds more pleasant if you just say "tupping." ;)
- "Country matters," Hamlet's famous line. Personally I always assumed that this referred to ... ummm ...an entirely different act.
- "Groping for trout in a peculiar river." I honestly had to look this one up.
- "Dallying puppets," anyone?
- "Raise a spirit in his mistress' circle." Once that one was pointed out to me I realize that it's just filthy.
- "It'll cost you a groaning."