Outdoors of a roast or a rap battle, being insulted is rarely enjoyable. However it may be notably satisfying to flip the tables with a superbly timed bon mot.
On the widespread subreddit r/AskReddit, u/Pretend_Cookie7401 requested, “What is the best response to ‘you are ugly?” Their query was upvoted over 18,400 instances, and has acquired over 8,400 feedback in 10 hours.
There have been plenty of one-liners offered by the authentic poster’s fellow Redditors.
“Thanks you too,” u/mari1819 mentioned—and plenty of cited this as a “perfect response.” Consumer u/karipaints additionally favored this one, writing “I love this one because not only is it a short and sweet comeback, they’re going to spend time being confused in addition to being insulted as you walk away in a sunset of satisfaction.”
“B**** I might be,” u/__groundhogday__ wrote, invoking Gucci Mane. This posted prompted u/mmendell4891 to say, “I’m gonna start using this for all insults. Thank you.”
“Coming from you, that means absolutely nothing to me,” u/u-ok-yokai wrote.
“At least I can easily change my looks. What can you do about your personality?” u/NoInvestment194 supplied, maybe echoing an well-known slam movie critic Roger Ebert as soon as leveled at director Vincent Gallo when he referred to as the critic a “fat pig”: “I will one day be thin but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of The Brown Bunny.” (Ebert later praised the movie in a second evaluate of The Brown Bunny after Gallo minimize almost a half-hour from the movie, writing: “For that matter, since I made that statement I have lost 86 pounds and Gallo is indeed still the director of The Brown Bunny.”)
Some Redditors shared variations on a theme.
“I guess that makes two of us,” u/midnightsupernatural wrote.
“To slightly rephrase: ‘Hopefully that’s the only thing we have in common,'” u/AGRANMA supplied.
“It’s like the mature ‘I’m rubber you’re glue’ but we’re both glue and it really burns like fire,” u/theunixman replied.
For some, it may be exhausting to consider a witty comeback on the spot. Whereas it may be helpful to have a couple of canned responses like the ones supplied by Reddit, the BBC affords a couple of suggestions to be prepared to provide you with your individual authentic comebacks. The most effective recommendation, the BBC says, is to hear carefully to what individuals say so as to spin it round—notably listening to these individuals notably identified for making snide putdowns.
Nonetheless, typically the neatest thing to do is to ignore the putdown and check out to be the greater individual—even when that may not be as satisfying in the second as spitting out the excellent comeback.
“[Negative comebacks] increase tension, make a person feel excluded or inferior, and as though they are not in the ‘in group’ which is in the know,” Belina Raffy, a enterprise improvisation advisor, informed the BBC.
Just a few redditors shared tales of comeuppance from those that insulted them.
“I haven’t been called ugly, but there was this person who I thought was a friend. She got real exited telling me about her wedding preparations. Then she tells me ‘ oh I was considering about putting you in the bridal party but I want my bridesmaids to look nice’. I told her ‘ah geez thanks’ and went no contact,” u/squishy_one wrote. “Though karma is a real b****, the guy she was going to we’d emptied their bank accounts, their house and like a puff of smoke disappeared.”
“In middle school (ages 11-13) there was a teacher named Bonner, and every so often someone would realize it was just one ‘n’ too many. This person would then say something in class, and Bonner would look at the kid, completely straight faced, and say ‘I don’t know what you mean by that. Please come up here and explain it to us.’ and hold out the chalk,” u/theunixman supplied.