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The Nine Best Insults of All Time

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…though the people on the receiving end probably didn’t think so.


“He has no enemies but is intensely disliked by his friends.” –Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist (1854–1900)oscar_wilde_full_width.jpg

“He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.” –Samuel Johnson, British writer (1709–84)


“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” –Forrest Tucker, American actor (1919–86)

“He has van Gogh’s ear for music.” –Billy Wilder, American film director (1906–2002)

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”–John Bright, British politician (1811–89)

“He had delusions of adequacy.” –Walter Kerr, American critic and writer (1913–96)

“He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” –Winston Churchill, British prime minister (1874–1965)


“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” –William Faulkner, American writer (1897–1962)

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” –Paul Keating, Australian prime minister (b. 1944)

Which of these insults do you think is the “best” of the lot? Share your comment below!


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Judson D. Hale Sr.

Jud Hale is the honorary Editor-in-chief of The Old Farmer’s Almanac; Jud was the 12th editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac (since 1792!) and joined the parent company Yankee Publishing in 1958 as an Assistant Editor. Read More from Judson D. Hale Sr.

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