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.

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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

Elizabeth
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7 months ago

Before the days of student loans schools had to be mindful of how students were going to pay because it all had to happen first. Now payment happens after the education is gotten so the cycle has been distorted and doesn't work any longer. Where can an 18 year old find a summer job that pays $40 per hour because these days even CHEAP tuition is at least $1k per class taken. Freakin Boomer who has lost touch with reality. I bet she gives $0.50 tips when she goes out to eat

Dave P
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7 months ago

My alma matter is $7,100 (all fees included) per academic year of a full course load of 15 credits a semester. you can work min wage 40 hour a week job and pay your way though college where I live and have left over money.

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Susie
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7 months ago (edited)

"In the 1965-66 school year was $607 per year for a four-year college." ($4959.02, adj. for inflation) "...the average cost of college for the 2017–2018 school year was $20,770 for public schools" Minimum wage 1965: $1.25 ($10.25, adj. for 2019 inflation) Minimum wage 2019: $7.25. But yeah, bootstraps, right?

Dave P
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7 months ago

Or you can go to college that is not 50k a year. Public colleges are between 7k and 16k a year, and there are pretty good private (private still NFP) colleges for under 20k (they just dont have the luxury frills of the 50k places, and tend to keep non teaching costs low). You make the choice to spend 50k/year on a degree that is your choice, you did a low paying major at a 50k/year place, that is your choice. I am 31 with 20k left in loans to pay off because I did it the economically way and I went with kids who worked full time and did college in the evening and had no debt when they did their degrees.

Karen Klinck
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6 months ago

You can also do work/study ...what am I saying. WORK?

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UncleBu
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7 months ago

Just had A quick look, in 70s the average tuition was around 7k which included everything and now is 45k for school. the average pay was $4 and now $16 an hour

Christy Smith
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7 months ago

$16/hourly? Yeah, my business degree never hit that $16/hourly mark.

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Amy Frank
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7 months ago

LMAo omw that response is hilarious!!

ShareMusic
Community Member
7 months ago

All that changed when student loans were pushed like candy. Colleges added layers of expensive administrators and support staff. Student loan interest rates are usurious. Three of our 4 adult children have massive student loan debt and I'm angry at the policy makers in both government, higher education, banking, and business for hurting so many people because of their own personal love of power and greed.

deathrose
Community Member
7 months ago

I went to college 2011-2015. My tuition was 5,000 a semester. Yeah it's definitely possible to work your way through it. I worked in a kitchen and made it happen.

Arran Walker
Community Member
7 months ago

The people saying students can work enough while attending college to pay off the cost each semester really don’t have a clue how much the average semester costs now. Not even the “cheaper” ones.

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

Meh, I'm gen-x and worked multiple jobs all through college to pay for it and repay the large loans I took out. But the snowflake generation needs their sleep and would rather blame someone else for refusing to pay back what they took out. My generation sired a bunch of spoiled house cats, that's for sure.

Gabby
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7 months ago

Gen X = forgotten with middle child syndrome

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Kjorn
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7 months ago

yeah. our parent generation didn't have to get that much of debt to get degree.

BUMMERS
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, college in the sixties was cheaper....& the minimum wage was finally raised to $1.60 in 1968. If your job fed you a meal, they could cut that to 55 cents.

Joseph Georgiadis
Community Member
7 months ago

funny comeback. not true, though.

Jennifer Doscher
Community Member
7 months ago

What kinda grass did you smoke in the '70's, that you are STILL high?

Meami
Community Member
6 months ago

Anyone who makes a comment like Jeri A Moore should be required to take just one credit at a major university. She'd crap herself when she got the bill.

Geana Lam
Community Member
6 months ago

😂😂

mcsa student
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6 months ago

1 shekel = 29 cents US

BusLady
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7 months ago

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John Swaffar
Community Member
7 months ago

I graduated in 1970 from the School of the Ozarks owing zero!

Paulette Kingery
Community Member
7 months ago

Education is a BUSINESS who don't get it.

Jenny Bassett
Community Member
7 months ago

Brilliant response

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
7 months ago

IMHO, what the loan companies are doing is downright criminal. When the interest on a loan is greater than the original amount of the loan, that is usury! But those blood-suckers don't care. Also, those people who are up to their craniums in debt didn't get Mickey Mouse degrees - many of them majored in business or computer science, or another field that is in demand.

ShareMusic
Community Member
7 months ago

Way back in the 1970's, it was nearly impossible to go into debt without a good job. We had to pay an annual fee to get a credit card for my husband's business trips. (I had to wire money to him on his first business trip; he had assumed the company had prepaid the hotel. Live and learn!) Colleges would not have stayed in business if they hadn't been affordable. All that

L McN
Community Member
7 months ago

I agree with both actually. But, $40k/year for college is difficult to pay off making $20-36k/yr AND having to pay for..you know...food? But any spare dollar could be better spent reducing that loan. This way you only pay until we travel faster than the speed of light instead of triple it.

Baton Rouge
Community Member
7 months ago

"Ma'am"...

Missy Barton
Community Member
7 months ago

I had one (1) school book that cost $600. I would not have been able to buy the rest of my books if I'd bought that one.

Waqitos
Community Member
7 months ago

LMFAO

Muhammed Fayiz
Community Member
7 months ago

BURN!

Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
7 months ago

Or just leave USA and get live somewhere else... where the state college is paid by state you lived in

Monday
Community Member
7 months ago

Ma'am...if we can't afford college how the hell are we supposed to move to a different country? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get citizenship in other places?

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Stan Chung
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7 months ago

an ok boomer would not be out of place

NWB
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7 months ago

burn

Grumble O'Pug
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7 months ago

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!

Layla Jarvis
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7 months ago

boomer

TheUntrustworhyEverythingBagal
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7 months ago

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Ok bommer

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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
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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
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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
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7 months ago

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

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spanbeam
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7 months ago

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

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agale
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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
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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
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7 months ago (edited)

He looks like Jafar from Aladdin on steroids

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Kjorn
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7 months ago

skittles!!!!!!

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Amy Frank
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7 months ago

hahahaha

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Foxxy
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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