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Cassell Dictionary of Insulting Quotations

by Jonathon Green

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Sticks and stones may break your bones-but these zingers really hurt! This arsenal of insults features the world's all-time great poisoners, such as Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, and G.B. Shaw.
Insults are arranged alphabetically by the targeted people and topics.
The surprisingly direct, pointed, unvarnished, and invariably insulting things said by the famous about the famous are absolutely fantastic. Credit to author Green's and publisher Cassell's courage for faithfully reproducing these quotations, despite racist, anti-Semitic, sexist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, and borderline vulgar content. But then again, these ARE insulting quotations, so what do you expect? Keep in mind that this is NOT a dictionary of curses and abuse, so these insulting quotations are notable for their intelligence, wit, and insight.
Above all, you'll find quotations that are notable for their intelligent wit - like the book's cover, Churchill and Lady Astor...
Lady Astor: "If I were your wife, I would put poison in your coffee."
Churchill: "If I were your husband, I would drink it."
Our very own PJ Keating rates a mention for his unforgettble remark about ‘a shiver looking for a spine to run up’.
This is a very enjoyable read. ( )
  Jawin | May 7, 2011 |
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It's hard to resist a book that has for its own jacket copy the following sentence: "Cruel, snide, rude and bitchy, the Cassell Dictionary of Insulting Quotations records the human spirit at its least spiritual." For once, there's truth in advertising: this book is a glorious celebration of how scathingly, hilariously, and aptly mean people have been to one another through the centuries. In its pages you'll find writers skewering writers; politicians badmouthing other politicians; nations insulting other nations; and, of course, critics savaging everyone in sight. There's Georges Clemenceau on the United States: "America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization." Or Robert Hughes on the artist Jeff Koons: "The last bit of methane left in the intestine of the dead cow that is post-modernism." It's all good, dirty fun--and great for plagiarizing the next time you need witty dinner party repartee. Just be careful who you sit next to....

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