Back in April, I posted a list of rather eloquent insults that surpassed the more traditional “your mama” or my favorite, “bite me“. Here are some additional insults to add to your own collection. Use them at your own risk, of course. Part of that risk might be that both the insultor and insultee understand what is being flung about.
So here we go…
I liked your opera. I think I will set it to music.
— Ludwig van Beethoven to a fellow composer
Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.
— Samuel Johnson (attributed)
Vile worm, thou wast overlooked even in thy birth — William Shakespeare
You are not worth another word, else I’d call you knave.
— William Shakespeare (All’s Well that Ends Well)
I do desire we may be better strangers.
— William Shakespeare (As You Like It)
There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune.
— William Shakespeare (1 Henry IV)