Prison inmates are being taught to swear at guards using Shakespearian insults to avoid getting "banged up."
A new workshop lead by a theatre group is teaching convicts new taunts that can be used as substitutes for swearing, reports The Sun.
The prisoners have been given a list of phrases which include the phrase: "The rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril” if they want to tell a warden they stink.
Another insult is: "You poor, base, rascally, cheating lack-linen mate," which can be used to make fun of someone's appearance.
To say "I slept with your mum" – the equivalent is "Villain, I have done thy mother."
Classes led by theatre group London Shakespeare Workout at Pentonville jail are teaching prisoners to quote the writer.
According to The Sun, the charity’s founder Dr Bruce Wall said: “You can hardly be banged up for quoting Shakespeare.”
The outlet also reported prison inmates are being taught debating skills by trainee barristers.
Along with this, they are being taught philosophy in a bid to help understand "moral and ethics issues."
Previously, in a move to help convicted rapists and paedophiles, Dr David Levy, a world leading expert on AI, said those who “want to be cured” of their “perversions” may be given sex robots during and after their prison terms.
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Prescribing life-like androids to jailed sex offenders may deter them from carrying out attacks in real life, Dr Levy, author of Love and Sex with Robots, suggested.
In the same way that methadone is given to a heroin addict, sex robots could be proscribed by psychiatrists to treat inmates, said Dr Levy, an international master of chess.
“I can see the government getting involved in the case of criminals,” he told Daily Star Online.
“You go to jail and while you’re in jail, you have a sex robot in your cell.
“And when you come out, you have a sex robot for so many months, like being on probation.
“But all these things cost money.”
In the future, prisons across the UK could establish experimental sex robot therapy programmes funded by taxpayer contributions, Dr Levy said.
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