[Corpora-List] Categories of insults

John F Sowa sowa at bestweb.net
Tue Apr 15 03:59:04 CEST 2014

On 4/14/2014 3:35 PM, maxwell wrote:
> What's the formula?

All those example compare someone X to something Y that has a missing or defective component:

> three fries short of a happy meal
> his elevator doesn't get to the top floor
> the light's on, but no one's home
> not the brightest bulb on the tree
> not the sharpest knife in the drawer
> He's not exactly working on all thrusters.

For greater variety, see http://www.insults.net/

Some examples by Oscar Wilde:
> A typical Englishman, always dull and usually violent.
> A woman whose size in gloves is seven and three-quarters
> never knows much about anything.
> I don't care about the London season! It is too matrimonial.
> People are either hunting for husbands, or hiding from them.

By Shakespeare:
> She's the kitchen wench, and all grease;
> and I know not what use to put her but to make
> a lamp of her and run her from her own light.
> I desire that we be better strangers
> It out herods Herrod

> Here Lies Ezekail Aikle Aged 102
> The Good Die Young
> By John Dryden:
> Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
> Now she's at rest and so am I


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