When Insults Had Class
These glorious insults are from an era before the English language became boiled down to 4-letter words
“He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain.
“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends..” -Oscar Wilde.
“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” – Stephen Bishop.
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” – Groucho
Oh how I wish I had the wit to think of lines like this on my own! One of my favorite lines comes from a story about the actress Jean Harlow, and the Lady Margot Asquith.
According to a Hollywood legend there was a pointed verbal encounter between the movie siren Jean Harlow and the sharp-tongued English aristocrat Margot Asquith. When Harlow attended a party given by Asquith, the movie star presumptuously referred to the hostess by her first name, and she repeatedly mispronounced it as “Margott”, i.e., she pronounced a “t” at the end of the name. Eventually, Asquith responded with a squelcher:
“No, no, Jean. The ‘t’ is silent, as in Harlow.”
I laughed and laughed the first time I ever read that story.
Have a wonderful weekend!