• A stylized exchange of insults in prose or verse. In Italiancarnival plays, a contrasto a braccio is a contest in satiricalstanzas, in which pairs of competitors take opposite sides of an argument,such as city versus country or wine versus water. The winner may bedecided by a panel of judges. Flyting also occurs in the interludesof the English dramatist John Heywood (c. 1497 - 1580)and the plays of the German Hans Sachs (1494 - 1576).