In Brett's book he published some non profane insults from the likes of good ol' Teddy Roosevelt. I gave the book to my nephew so I can't quote them at the moment. What I would like to see in this thread is either new or quoted non profane zingers that attack character and behaviour without completely loosing decorum.
I haven't seen Stand By Me ... but I think "you play ball like a girl" is from The Sandlot.
I think you may be right - post in haste, repent at leisure :)
''Go blow your self"...forgot the movie
I admittedly haven't read the book, but what justification does Brett give for insulting people at all? Making yourself feel better by humiliating others seems like a decidedly self-serving, unmanly thing to do. Why "non profane" zingers, at that? Cursing is unmanly but insulting others is? I don't see any sense in this.
Not to get high and mighty, because I'll admit that sometimes I forget myself and say things I later wish I hadn't, but at least I try.
Shame can be a powerful motivator. Worth using on occasion. Sometimes people deserve to be insulted ... or humiliated
Also, as I posted earlier, I use insults in a very select company. I use them for their creative, quotable qualities, and as an exercise in creative thinking. A good insult is not meant to hurt the other person, but as a clever retort for a thoughtless comment, or as a way to get a good banter going.
Saw The Avengers a few weeks ago. A surprisingly good movie, by the way.
But, on topic, at one point, Loki (the villain) calls Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen's character) a "mewling quim" ... which basically is an archaic insult that means "whimpering c--t". Gotta tell ya, that's now one the best movie insults I've ever heard. Little surprised that made it past the censors in a PG-13 movie, though. I must've been one of the only people in the theater that knew what it meant. Had to explain it to my wife.
Joss Whedon, the director, in an interview listed the insult among the greatest achievements of the movie. Haha ...
RDA: What do you feel is the greatest achievement of “the Avengers”?
JW: Getting “mewling quim” out there to the masses. Also, Hulk.
Some said it was misogynistic ... but, villains are villains for a reason. Some even said Whedon is a misogynist for writing the insult, which seems like a quick downfall for the woman-power hero that created "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
I thought it was a clever mixture of quaint and edgy. It was clever enough to make it past the censors.
It was clever enough to make it past the censors.
Censors who were likely educated in government schools.
I noticed someone earlier posted a quote from Paul Keating, former Australian Prime Minister. He was, and still is, a master at the non profane insult. His best were used in Parliament against his political opposites so they couldn't get too blue. Below are a sample.
"He's wound up like a thousand day clock..."
"We're not interested in the views of painted, perfumed gigolos."
say: "random manly and witty insult!"
Ah, the internet! Where one's sins and failures are never forgotten.....