1001 Insults, Put-Downs and Comebacks

1001 Insults, Put-Downs and Comebacks

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Edited by Steven D. Price

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  • Publisher: The Lyons Press
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 175mm x 31mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Guilford
  • ISBN 10: 1592287972
  • ISBN 13: 9781592287970
  • Illustrations note: b&w and colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 369,437

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"The stupid person's idea of a clever person."--Elizabeth Bowen on Aldous Huxley "That insolent little ruffian, that crapulous lout. When he quitted a sofa, he left behind him a smear."--Norman Cameron on Dylan Thomas An insult can be bad-mannered, offensive, and infuriating, but every one of us has surely had one of those moments when we just wish we had thought of a good one. Unlike most of us, however, there are those who always seem to have the perfect comeback. 1001 Insults, Put-Downs, and Comebacks gathers together the very sharpest of these barbs from a wide variety of sources, with some of the wickedest put-downs from the literary, political, and entertainment worlds, along with many others, including: -"A large shaggy dog unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon."--Robert Louis Stevenson on Walt Whitman -"The triumph of sugar over diabetes."--George Nathan on J. M. Barrie -"He was another one that was a complete fizzle ...Pierce didn't know what was going on, and even if he had, he wouldn't have known what to do about it."--Harry Truman on Franklin Pierce -"He is such an infernal liar." --Ulysses Grant on Andrew Johnson -"Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it."--Mark Twain -"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."--Groucho Marx -"Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome."--Oscar Levant

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Steven D. Price, a consulting editor of The Lyons Press, is the author of twenty-five books, including The Quotable Horse Lover, The Ultimate Fishing Guide, 1001 Dumbest Things Ever Said, and 1001 Smartest Things Ever Said. A resident of New York City, he is exposed daily to cutting insults, rude put-downs, and quick comebacks.

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"...devilishly funny..."--Journal Inquirer

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A collection of often impolite but always witty taunts from the world's masters of the studied insult. An insult can be bad-mannered, offensive, and infuriating, but everyone has surely had one of those moments when we just wish we had thought of a good one. Unlike most of us however, there are those who always seem to have the perfect comeback. 1001 Insults, Put-Downs, and Comebacks gathers together the very sharpest of these barbs from a wide variety of sources with some of the wickedest put-downs from the literary, political, and entertainment worlds, along with many others, including: "He had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it."--T. S. Eliot on Henry James "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."--Groucho Marx "A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners." --Mignon McLaughlin "Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing."--Dave Barry "George Steinbrenner is the center of evil in the universe."--Ben Affleck on the New York Yankees owner