Just for a moment, try imagining a world where insults don’t exist, where everyone tells the truth, and nobody swears. Ever. Sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it? Nobody’s excusing being nasty to other people, but insults tell us a lot about our background, our culture, as well as our outlook on life. It’s just part of being a human being like poetry, music, and art. What’s more, insults, when done right, are the perfect way to show how witty and creative we can be.

The ‘Rare Insults’ subreddit is a place on the internet where people share the best, the brightest, and the most Shakespearian insults they’ve come across. They’ll take your breath away. They’ll make you laugh. These creative insults will make you want to use your imagination the next time somebody wrongs you.

We’ve collected some of the best of the community’s thought-provoking and hilarious insults, so let us know which ones were your personal favorites and why. And don’t forget to upvote the best insults or the ones that you would love to use in real life. Bored Panda also talked to one of the moderators of the ‘Rare Insults’ subreddit about how the community first formed, as well as the place these savage insults and swearing have in our lives, so scroll down for the full interview.

More info: Reddit

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Tee
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7 months ago

I agree.

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Unicornstar
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7 months ago

My uncle told me he was in a Walmart when he saw a dark skinned lady talking on her phone in a different language. Some idiot said to her We are in America if you want to speak Spanish go to Spain. To which she replied I am speaking one America's native languages. I am Navaho if you want to speak English go to England.

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The ‘Rare Insults’ community on Reddit has grown enormous. Created in November 2017, it now boasts more than 1 million members. The subreddit has two aims: to collect good insults, as well as to help others “spice up” their vocabulary.

Blank-Cheque, one of the ‘Rare Insults’ moderators, explained to Bored Panda how the subreddit came into existence: “The community was originally founded by Gorangeninja two years ago, after he saw someone suggest it be made on another subreddit. The subreddit only grew to a few thousand users in the span of about 8 months. Our current top mod, Remydesp, was an active user in the subreddit in its first few months, and a lack of moderation plagued the subreddit, so he reached out to the mods offering to help out in the task of moderation.”

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Foxxy
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7 months ago (edited)

Hahaha, metric all the way. Makes so much more sense than the imperial bull shit.

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Foxxy
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7 months ago

I like JulieG, she speaks the truth.

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“Over the course of the next year, Gorangeninja stepped down as top mod, and Remydesp and our former owner Tycoinator added many other mods to help out. The biggest challenge in getting a large following was maintaining the quality of the content on the subreddit. In the next 3 months, the subreddit grew almost 200k users, and the influx of new users brought along a lot of low quality posts. The support from the amazing moderation team has allowed the subreddit to thrive and still maintain the original quality. After Pewdiepie made a video on our subreddit, we grew almost 25k users in one day. If the subreddit did not have such hardworking and committed moderators, we would not have seen the success we have today,” Blank-Cheque said.

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Elina Kuusisto
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7 months ago

Golden

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European other
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7 months ago

Kinda mean but funny

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According to the mod, there is a perfectly simple reason why most of us curse and swear. “The question seems more complex than it is; it requires no philosophy of any sort to answer, only science. Cursing has been observed by scientists to alleviate pain, and insult-like gestures have been observed by researchers even in chimpanzees.”

“Professor Frans de Waal said that angry chimpanzees "will grunt or spit or make an abrupt, upsweeping gesture that, if a human were to do it, you'd recognize it as aggressive" in order to avoid conflict, rather than to escalate it. He continues that a "chimpanzee who is really gearing up for a fight doesn't waste time with gestures, but just goes ahead and attacks." [Insults] are a part of life, and a world without them would be extremely different to ours to a degree which cannot be simply explained.”

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Foxxy
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7 months ago (edited)

I don’t doubt it. I have come across more smaller dogs that are vicious compared to big dogs.

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Tee
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7 months ago

Sounds like me when walking into work

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When asked what their personal favorite rare insult posted on the subreddit is, Blank-Cheque said that it’s difficult to choose. “Honestly, we see such a volume of rare insults every day that it's so hard to pick a favorite. There are just so many great ones to choose from that I would never stop listing them. This subreddit has such creative posts, it's really a joy to mod it. As for whether we use any in public: no, no we don't. Hurling insults at people is generally considered rude and we try to avoid being rude.”

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Olga Posedaru
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7 months ago

Ahahah this is a great way to look at all bigotry problems. Just let the mushroom live in peace :))

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European other
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7 months ago

Well if you ask online there's not much point in hiding them.

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All the countries of the world have a rich history of insults. Have you ever been called a ‘velnio išpera?’ Or a ‘varlės kinka?’ Lithuanian insults sound better than poetry and almost like compliments. A bit like swearing in French or wiping your bottom with silk, some would argue.

Meanwhile, a good many insults have fallen out of use in the English language. Insults like ninnyhammer (a fool), mumpsimus (a stubborn person who insists on making an error in spite of being shown that it is wrong), milksop (a pampered boy or man), cockalorum (a boastful, strutting, and self-important person), and lickspittle (a suck-up).

What do you say about bringing some of these insults back? The next time your colleague is sucking up to your boss, why not call him a lickspittle? And if you’ve shown your friend they’re wrong about something, but they insist on doing it nonetheless, call them a mumpsimus. Obviously, when somebody cuts in front of you on the highway, shake your fist, stick your head out of the window, and yell: “Sod off, you ninnyhammer!” But remember, insulting someone for fun is never the way to go, so stay classy.

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Lenka Smetanová
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7 months ago

that's the hit

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Carlota Ocón
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7 months ago

Omg I absolutely thought the one on the right was the wax figure until I read the comments hahaha

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Olga Posedaru
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7 months ago

Apply LOTS of water to burnt area.

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European other
Community Member
7 months ago

The fact that he says Ma'am lol

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Tee
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7 months ago

Move over Karen its Debra's turn😂😂😂

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Ani Archeron
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7 months ago

Coat - Scooby. Turtleneck - Velma. Green thing (?) - Shaggy. Blue shirt - Fred. I guess that leaves Pink Trousers - Daphne?

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Linda
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7 months ago

OMG he really does

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Olga Posedaru
Community Member
7 months ago

With a humor like that, you're sure to get a girl soon :)

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IAin'tWoke
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7 months ago

😂

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mcsa student
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7 months ago

Parts of that bacon look like his white ass

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

Must have been a rude awakening

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Foxxy
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7 months ago

OMG, I actually see it lol.

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ZoeIsHahaha
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7 months ago

Woooowwww again

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Daria B
Community Member
7 months ago

That's also something I've been pondering about too. "You think I'm not a lot? ㅠㅜ" would be my answer to such a confession.

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Amy Frank
Community Member
7 months ago

hehehehe

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Rowlie
Community Member
7 months ago

If at first there were only Adam and Eve and they had two sons, where did other people come from?

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Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
7 months ago

Omg I'm sorry but that is too funny!

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Iggy
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7 months ago

That is scathing!

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Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
7 months ago

:D :D :D :D that would be so cool make a video about it :D

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spanbeam
Community Member
7 months ago

Only just occurred to me that US even pays for birth control

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agale
Community Member
7 months ago

WHAT IS THIS SONG, I think I need it in my life!

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frosty34
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7 months ago

They do have similar names

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Olga Posedaru
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

... and now they're telling us there's enough toilet paper to go around forever, knowing they won't need it in a few years or so.

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Ania O
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

He looks like Jafar from Aladdin on steroids

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Kjorn
Community Member
7 months ago

skittles!!!!!!

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Amy Frank
Community Member
7 months ago

hahahaha

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
7 months ago

Same with Big Bang Theory

glowworm2
Community Member
7 months ago

I always loved that one video where someone took out the laugh track to an episode and replaced it with Ricky Gervais loudly and sarcastically laughing.🤣

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Scratch
Community Member
7 months ago

Whatever. I find the show funny. I laugh in spite of the laugh track, not because of it.

PhotoJenic12
Community Member
7 months ago

I fucking love "Friends"and think it is hilarious!!

Sill Marien
Community Member
7 months ago

This!!!

Sunzilla
Community Member
7 months ago

Nonsense. Joey and Phoebe were actually funny.

SpazzyCoolKid13
Community Member
7 months ago

they're not laugh tracks though it was in front of a live audience... though it does take away from the show

Craptavaganza
Community Member
7 months ago

🏆

Stevie
Community Member
7 months ago

I love friends but watching it recently I noticed for the first time how offensive some of the jokes were

Loki
Community Member
7 months ago

i only watched an episode or 2 of it but some of the thing said in older tv shows (not just friends) was funny at the time and there isn't anything they can do about it

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Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
7 months ago

In Czech Republic we did it with MASH

Marc
Community Member
7 months ago

It's the same with the german version and having watched both, the english and the german one, I prefer the german one just for the fact the laughing isn't in there. I usually prefer english over german, if the original is english, but with MASH, which is my favorite TV show, it is different.

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Steve Cruz
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7 months ago

A better idea is to DOUBLE the laugh track and add laughs to serious parts.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
7 months ago

A co-worker told me his friend said if he won the lottery, he'd but Twitter just so he can shut it down.

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
6 months ago

Did you mean "buy Twitter?" Sorry for being a smart aleck but I don't know what you're saying

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Russian Otaku
Community Member
7 months ago

Overall it speaks volumes when a show TELLS you when to laugh or when something is "supposed" to be funny It's like a Chad telling everyone how awesome he is

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
7 months ago

You are now my best friend!

Stephenie W
Community Member
3 months ago

Finally,,, someone gets me.. I feel same

Lemon
Community Member
6 months ago

Scuse you, I love FRIENDS! but, thats a good point..

Tifferooski
Community Member
7 months ago

Hey! There's a few moments.... XD

Jaded Queen
Community Member
7 months ago

Thank you! I tried watching it and it is Soo annoying . It hurts my ear. And one(most?) of the character is so stupid . Why would someone think stupidity is funny?

Bobby Whittemore
Community Member
7 months ago

I thought the writing was lame. I was in the hospital with 3 channels, so I was forced to watch a few episodes.

Mr. Re-in-act-ment
Community Member
7 months ago

this feels so true. I can't really laugh at it anymore, I sometimes feel like I must force a laugh to fit in with society when something remotely close happens that relates to Friends in the smallest way. Maybe it would've been better IF IT DIDN'T END.

Bob Connely
Community Member
7 months ago

Hate to break your heart, but that's already been done, and even shared on YouTube via Zuckeybook.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
7 months ago

As goals go, that sounds like a good one.

Stanley Yayo
Community Member
7 months ago

Never liked the show either.

Garrett Flores
Community Member
7 months ago

Since when did everyone become a critic of all shows? Stop being a fucking hipster and just enjoy, FFS.

Ronnie Beaton
Community Member
7 months ago

I couldn't agree more.

Rani Johnson
Community Member
7 months ago

Yaaaas

Remliel
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone did a video of this, featuring Ross, it was creepy and weird.

Sherbaan Naab
Community Member
7 months ago

Whatever!

Brandy Grote
Community Member
7 months ago

THANK you!

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
7 months ago

A-to-the-men!!!

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
6 months ago

A to the menth power is... Oh wait that's not a real thing

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Nia Loves Art
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Laugh tracks are so annoying. Can’t watch anything with a noticeable one.

Lotus Queen
Community Member
7 months ago

That isway too true. it is a shitty show

MAL_Winchester
Community Member
7 months ago

YES. Thank you, sir. I support this idea 100%.

Daniel da Silva
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone needs a chill pill

CP
Community Member
7 months ago

I can't watch shows with laugh tracks. Big Bang Theory is the worst offender. I watched and enjoyed Friends when it was new, but it has not aged well for me. I tried watching an episode and couldn't get through it.

Imitating
Community Member
7 months ago

But Big Bang Theory doesn't use a laugh track.... I've been to a taping. Not saying you need to find their stuff funny, I'm just saying the laughs you hear in that show are from real people really laughing.

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

I will NOT be there for You

Claudia Machado
Community Member
7 months ago

I hope you win!!!

Nick Kania
Community Member
7 months ago

I feel the same way about big bang theory.

Francis
Community Member
7 months ago

Which was made in front of a live audience...

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Guy MacGregor
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7 months ago

It wasn't laugh tracks. The show was recorded on public.

Monday
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7 months ago

It was 100% a laugh track.

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Foxxy
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7 months ago

Don’t even know who stark is but I can definitely tell this is a fierce burn. Cos what she said is a whole lotta bullshit.

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Foxxy
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7 months ago

That is an awesome payout, I’m gonna have to use that one.

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

I had the same feeling while on my way to work in a call-center

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PastelHope
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7 months ago

They all look like they're going to a festival or something.

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Reirei
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7 months ago

Wait, are these real people? They look broken...

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European other
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7 months ago

Is that a good or a bad thing ?

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Elina Kuusisto
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7 months ago

That poor child 😬

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Lenka Smetanová
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7 months ago

LOOLLLL

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manowce
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7 months ago

not something to joke about.

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