I wish I had the art of insult. It could be very stress relieving in certain instances.
Or I suppose it could be stress making, depending on the situation.
The backhanded compliment can very often be an intended 'insult' and sometimes it can be an ambiguous comment- you can be left in doubt as to whether the person intended it ~ or was it accidental?
My Beloved Brother can be very good at insults when he needs to be. Once, when his wife took their car for repairs, the manager of the workshop told her he wished to 'see her money' before he would proceed with any work on the car. My SIL is Chinese Samoan.
SIL went home, & aroused my sleeping BB from his rest, & informed him of what had happened. BB was a nightshift worker at that stage of their life, & he was never 'gruntled' when robbed of his much needed sleep.
He roared out of bed, lept into the car, & sped off to the workshop.
He whipped out a huge wad of money & wagged it in the face of the workshop manager.
"Is this what you wanted to see!!"
"Yes" replied the still smirking manager, defiantly.
"Well" roared my brother, "Take a bloody good look, because you will never see it again!!"
And he got into the car & sped off. He reckoned the look on the face of the twit was priceless. And they got the car serviced elsewhere, very satisfactorily.
We are still wallowing around in our mire of 'problems'. I am so tired of it all.
I got told yesterday, that someone had spoken & reacted 'like a typical Accountant'. Meaning, that chap had no adventure or was too cautious. And I replied that that is just what we look for in an accountant. The last barstard- oops- accountant we had that had was 'creative, & daring' took us for every cent we had!
What has happened to all the colourful old insult names ?
Mudguard~ meaning all shiny on top, & all much underneath.
Harpic~ clean round the bend.
Morphine~slow working dope.
I suppose there are many more, but I cant bring them to mind at present. I hope there are new ones.
My preferred way of 'getting even' is letter writing, if I have a grievance over something.
I once left a note in a cafe, "Have you tasted this coffee lately? It is sludge!"
I suppose it was a hollow gesture, they probably didnt even read it.... but it made me feel better, & it made Best Friend J laugh.