A lot of insults have been flying around on social media in the last few days, weeks, and months. Most of them boil down to, “if you don’t agree with me you’re an idiot.”
This got me to thinking about a time when insults, public and private, had a little thought behind them. In fact, my dad used to say that the best insult was when the person didn’t realize they’d been insulted. So, for your insulting pleasure, I bring you, twelve of my favorite insults from the past, insults with style. Enjoy. *s*
1. “He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr
2. “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.” – Abraham Lincoln
3. “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde
4. “He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.” – Samuel Johnson
5. “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright
6. “He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.” – Robert Redford
7. A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.” – Louis Nizer
8. “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” -Clarence Darrow
9. “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.”-Groucho Marx
10. “They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.” -Thomas Brackett Reed
11. “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”-Billy Wilder
12. “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” Andrew Lang
Linking up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge today. While insulting someone is never nice. Sometimes we just can’t keep our mouths shut. In those cases, if we can at least insult nicely, maybe feeling wouldn’t be hurt, friendships dissolved, and arguments started. Share your thoughts.
Did we used to be nicer when we insulted someone?
Do you have a favorite way of letting someone know when you’re unhappy with their actions?
Are any of these a favorite for you?