Shakespeare’s Bawdy Food Jokes

Kean Collection/Getty Images, via The Salt

Kean Collection/Getty Images, via The Salt

The eggplant and peach emoji are standard code for racy thoughts these days, but people have been using food as sexual innuendo for centuries. Shakespeare was a pro at the gastronomic double entendre [insert blushing face emoji here]. We asked Héloïse Sénéchal, chief associate editor of the RSC Shakespeare edition, to help us decode some of the bard’s bawdy food jokes.

“There appear to be a greater number of food-related terms for the vagina (fruit dish, fig’s end, nut, medlar) than for the penis (beef, root, carrot), ” Sénéchal explains via email.

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