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Maintaining Composure in the Midst of Insults

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Recently, have you had someone verbally attack you and try to make you feel awful? That person can be difficult to forget. Sometimes, a person will insult, shout or use abusive language about you or those you care about because he or she has chosen to express feelings negatively.

Claire Fallon

8 Compliments That Feel Like Insults | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.27.2015 | Books

Recently, during a conversation with a coworker, I described a mutual friend as “charming.” I’d meant it as a compliment, describing how adept t...

A 'Fat' Woman Responds to Her Body-Shaming Trolls

Ravishly | Posted 05.24.2015 | Women

There are a few ways of reframing the troll situation for your own sanity: 1. If you're pissing people off, good. You're making people talk. 2. For every troll there are at least 50 people who heard your message and were ready to hear it. 3. Haters gonna hate.

What a Waste: Let's Throw Away These 7 Gay Backhanded Compliments

William Dameron | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

When a friend told me that a couple of female friends made a remark about one of my pictures by saying "What a waste," I was flattered. But, then I thought "I'm sure my husband doesn't think so."

19 Author-On-Author Burns That Raise Insults To An Art Form

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books

"What a man he would have been had he known how to write!"

In Italy, Adoption by Gay Couples Is Still Illegal

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

In Italy there's the Senate, where the Democratic Party's proposal on civil unions is set for its nth discussion. Civil unions; no one speaks of gay marriage. Can you imagine? In Italy, practically speaking, adoption does not exist.

Cynics, Stoics and Other People

William Irvine | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
William Irvine

Medical researchers recently made headlines when they reported that cynics are more likely to develop dementia than non-cynics. In the study, publishe...

Classic Authors Who Suck, According To Other Classic Authors

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.20.2014 | Books

Do you hate negative book reviews? Try telling that to Mark Twain, D.H. Lawrence, or any of these famous authors who have trashed their fellow writers...

Send This Video To Your Enemies

Oliver Noble and Ben Craw | Posted 09.06.2013 | Entertainment

Are you full of hatred and ill-will toward your fellow man? Are you also a coward? Then today is your lucky day! If you've ever wanted to tell someone...

Street Fat

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 10.20.2013 | Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

Had an argument with a guy in the street. I wanted to imply he was dumb but couldn't think of anything that said so and ended up calling him a "nimwit."

Rand Paul, Christie Beer Summit

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


When Is It Okay for Me to Call You a Nazi?

Kate Gale | Posted 09.30.2013 | Media
Kate Gale

To call someone a Nazi is to trivialize the world's worst genocide. It is to trivialize the great global tragedy of the last century.

What Germany Does To Drivers Who Raise 'Der Stinkefinger'

WorldCrunch - Die Welt | Bertrand Hauger | Posted 07.15.2013 | World

DIE WELT (Germany) Worldcrunch BERLIN - A German driver who insults another with gestures like tapping their finger against their head to indicate c...

How Political Insults May Be Affecting Your Behavior and What You Can Do About It

Kare Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kare Anderson

Let's talk about ways to make friends more easily because, research shows, friendship is especially cherished during volatile, hostile times.

Insult, Offense and Rage: What Muslims and Americans Need to Know

Tom Morris | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Tom Morris

A video should not result in violence. A cartoon should not result in killing. A novelist should not have to hide for years of his life because of a work of fiction. No one needs to be this sort of guardian for true greatness.

What the Vidal/Mailer Feud Taught Us: When In Doubt, Laugh

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

He was neither the first nor last intellectual jailed for heretical writings, and in some respects he proved lucky: Governments and other powers have a longstanding habit of killing thinkers whose ideas threaten the status quo.

The Best Literary Insults

Posted 05.17.2012 | Home

Earlier this week, we featured a series of zings courtesy of the master of insults, William Shakespeare. Feeling inspired by Shakey, we asked you, dea...

The Best Insult I Ever Got

Dori Hartley | Posted 05.13.2012 | Women
Dori Hartley

One minute later, with the guy still on the phone, I no longer cared. Elvis had left the building.

Frank Bruni Gets it Right When it Comes to Women and Words

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.13.2012 | Women
Dorian de Wind

"Despite the best efforts of everyone from Erica Jong to Kim Cattrall, women are still seen through an erotically censorious prism, and promiscuity is still the ultimate putdown."

Why You Should Think Before Saying 'Just'

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 01.31.2012 | Women
Carolyn Bucior

Just one child. Just a waitress. Just an average student.

What the !#$@%*?: Will the Rise of Spanish Redefine Indecency?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2011 | Media
Daniel Cubias

It stands to reason that as America grows more multilingual, we'll hear more Spanish on the airwaves. And some of that Spanish will be of the naughty variety.

Husbands Can Be Jailed For Insulting Wives In France

Telegraph | Henry Samuel in Paris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Couples who insult each other over their physical appearance or make false accusations about infidelity face jail, under a new French law making "psyc...

Sticks and Stones: On the Power of Words

Vaishali | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Words can only harm you if you capitulate to the assault. You existed before other people with bad manners and questionable choices of words, and you will exist after.

National Insult Hall of Fame Inducts "Yo Mama!" as Insult of the Decade

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

Sigmund Freud said, "The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization." Indeed, throughout history, insults have packed powerful political, social, and cultural punches for civilization.

Jason Linkins

True/Slant Cautions Writers Against Name-Calling | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

True/Slant is cracking down on name-calling -- or at least name-calling that's not sufficiently Proustian -- according to a memo sent out by editorial...