#1 By: Rob Beschizza, December 2nd, 2013 13:02
#2 By: technogeek, December 2nd, 2013 13:05
This is what I most detest about the trend toward "bad" language -- it's just plain BORING, and it's losing even its shock value.
What ever happened to wishing that someone should grow like a turnup with his head in the ground, or be afflicted with the fleas of a thousand camels, or anything else which has some creative storytelling value to it?
#3 By: Alan Goulding, December 2nd, 2013 13:27
I use it quite a lot in a sort of ironic way. Like "what a rotter!".
#4 By: Salgak, December 2nd, 2013 13:36
I prefer Techie or other In-group Insults:
"You can be replaced by a VERY small shell script".
"As Brains go, you're a 286 running Microsoft Bob". . .
And, of course, the classic: "Shouldn't you be wearing a Red Shirt ??"
#5 By: Public Bizmail, December 2nd, 2013 13:38
Peaves in Harry Potter was found of saying "Potter, you rotter."
#6 By: Salgak, December 2nd, 2013 13:39
Or, of course, the late Past Master of the Art: Winston Churchill, who could still zing 'em while drunk off his @ss. . . .
Dowdy Madam (to Churchill): You, sir, are Drunk !
Winston Churchill: And you, madam are ugly. But tomorrow, I shall be sober. . .
Dowdy Madam #2: Sir, if I were your wife, I would put poison in your tea. . .
Churchill: And, madam, were I your husband, I would drink it !
#7 By: Kaz, December 2nd, 2013 14:05
...but rotter is not an insult which is thrown with much energy these days
Feh. I use it every December.. directed toward the Grinch.. with very much energy (especially alone in the car)
#8 By: gilbert wham, December 2nd, 2013 14:11
A favourite of mine is 'you unlettered hooligan'.
#9 By: Jonathan Roberts, December 2nd, 2013 14:55
Churchill had wordpower on his side, but even he couldn't match Shakespeare at bespoke insultery.
I’ll be no longer guilty of this sin. This sanguine coward, this bed-presser, this horseback-breaker, this huge hill of flesh—
'Sblood, you starveling, you elfskin, you dried neat’s tongue, you bull’s pizzle, you stockfish! O, for breath to utter what is like thee! You tailor’s-yard, you sheath, you bowcase, you vile standing tuck—
— Henry IV Part 1
#10 By: Raybert, December 2nd, 2013 15:32
But let's not forget Groucho Marx or Bernard Shaw or Oscar Wilde or Mark Twain or...
The Complete Book of Insults
(Bumper Volume containing The Book of Insults Ancient and Modern + The second Book of Insults)
Guild Publishing, London
#11 By: Salgak, December 2nd, 2013 15:51
Mayhaps, but the Bard of Avon had TIME to polish his prose. Churchill did his replies in real time. . .
#12 By: snidelywhiplash, December 2nd, 2013 16:22
I learned the word "rotter" from "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
My favorite uncommon (at least in the US) word is "pillock" - i.e. a complete moron.
#13 By: Robert Smith, December 2nd, 2013 16:30
"You manky Scots git! " From The Holy Grail.
#14 By: Robert Smith, December 2nd, 2013 16:41
Reminds me of:
Very witty. Very, very witty.
#15 By: Indubitably, December 2nd, 2013 17:00
Modern day Bard-speak: LOL WUT?
P.P.S. Or shall I garrote you in the night, you shite? Gibbeted gobber, why d'you slobber? Oh, right, you delight in my smatter, the darkest of matter, shhh in the night, yet twinkling, so light, ye weighty, still neighty, why ever didst shine so brightey? No matter. I'm right, check my bespights. G'knights...
P.P.P.P.S. Snowing deeper, faster, sticker, I snicker...
#16 By: Rob Beschizza, December 7th, 2013 13:02
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