They Don't Make Insults Like They Used To

Cynthia Dermody
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As we near the election, the insults are really picking up speed. Candidates bashing candidates. Supporters bashing supporters. I'll be so glad when it's over and we can all be friends again!


It was refreshing to stumble across this journal post from AmyConnor called "When Insults Had Class." Thanks, AmyConnor, for compiling this list of polite insults. How clever they were way back when.

Some of my favorites:

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." --Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." --Oscar Wilde

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." --William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?" --Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

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