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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9 months ago

I agree.

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Unicornstar
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9 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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9 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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9 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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9 months ago

Golden

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European other
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9 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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9 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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9 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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9 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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9 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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9 months ago

that's the hit

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Carlota Ocón
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9 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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9 months ago

Apply LOTS of water to burnt area.

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European other
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9 months ago

The fact that he says Ma'am lol

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Tee
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9 months ago

Move over Karen its Debra's turn😂😂😂

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Ani Archeron
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9 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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9 months ago

OMG he really does

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Olga Posedaru
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9 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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9 months ago

😂

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mcsa student
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9 months ago

Parts of that bacon look like his white ass

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Rowlie
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9 months ago

Must have been a rude awakening

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Foxxy
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9 months ago

OMG, I actually see it lol.

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ZoeIsHahaha
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9 months ago

Woooowwww again

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Daria B
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9 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
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9 months ago

hehehehe

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Rowlie
Community Member
9 months ago

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

Alexandru Bucur
Community Member
9 months ago

Ahh, the wonders of incest. Seriously, the Bible tells that Cain married his sister Awan (or Jumelia, how she's known in the Hebrew texts), while Abel was married to another sister, Azura (Balbira in the Hebrew texts). After Cain killed Abel, Azura was married (presumably her opinion didn't really count) to another of their brothers, Seth. Instant brain bleach and, after all that, they call the Bible "the good book".

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Daniel da Silva
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9 months ago

Did he just do a self-burn by admitting he works for Buzzfeed??!

Foxxy
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9 months ago (edited)

I personally don’t understand this. I know that sex isn’t the most important thing in a relationship but you need to know if you have that chemistry in the bedroom. Why commit yourself to someone for the rest of your life without experiencing your sexual compatibility. What if you get married and sex is just terrible and you just can’t get in sync with each other. Hmmm this actually made me curious. I wonder if there are statistics on affairs between couples who had sex prior to marriage compared to waiting to have sex until after marriage.

Alex Newell
Community Member
9 months ago

It's probably a huge minority, but there's also Asexual couples

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AlphaPuck
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9 months ago

Did anyone laugh at his own self burn when he said he works at Buzzfeed? lol

mcsa student
Community Member
9 months ago

Move over Karen and Debra. It's Kristin's turn.

Brandy Grote
Community Member
9 months ago

What about people who don't follow your Abrahamic thing?

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
9 months ago

There was no one around to marry Adam and Eve. Which actually means that everyone is a descendant of some children born out of wedlock, It shows, we're all bastards.

Hotdogking
Community Member
9 months ago

If that's true then why did God have Jesus of Mary if she was married to Joseph

Blue Cicada
Community Member
9 months ago

She got pregnant when they were just engaged, before they had been married before they had been intimate. So she told him that she was pregnant, but she never slept with anybody, and he totally believed her.

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Alex K
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9 months ago

kristin is leading a sad sad life

BUMMERS
Community Member
9 months ago

Don't remember Adam & Eve having a wedding ceremony?

Rani Johnson
Community Member
9 months ago

The comments are cracking me up. The Bible is full of holes. A lot of editing happens. & Lillith was cast out but was from another tribe.

Mark Johanen
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes, I think that only married people should have sex. And I think that only people who have attended medical school should practice medicine, and that only licensed pilots should fly commercial airplanes. I suppose this legalistic, fuddy-duddy nature of mine makes me pretty boring. It also keeps me alive.

Jack Lambrecht
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

so marriage is getting a sex license? Don't pilots have to fly that plane to get the license? And medical students perform surgery before graduation? So shouldn't having sex before marriage be reasonable? Seems like your logic failed..

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Katinka Min
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9 months ago

Whenever I read comments like this, i immediately have the Song 'Loophole' in my brain. From Garfunkel and Oats and utterly brilliant.

Joanne Hudson
Community Member
7 months ago

Better than a boyfriend and girlfriend who aren't even dating.

link bsniffer
Community Member
9 months ago

holy fuck we found a loop hole

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
9 months ago

So Kristin's only fun if she puts out?

Ally Swarrow
Community Member
9 months ago

Great example of a effectively mean but funny comment

Janice Humbertson
Community Member
9 months ago

Unfortunately, Kristin has more likes than the burn.

Victoria Swift
Community Member
9 months ago

Cool tweet Zach, I'm doing a report on want-to-be "jurnos" who write for crap blogs that are on the decline and think they somehow are the sh*t.

Tone Sandman
Community Member
9 months ago

Hahaha 😂 Awesome, Zach Swobodny!

Hermalyn Iaukea
Community Member
9 months ago

If thats the case then to whomever we have sex With it's still incest. But we are not the first humans and Adam & Eve was not suppose to eat apple from tree of knowledge or the dumb 🌲.... We would nevera have known incest & we would all be naked having incest With huh anything since the forbidden fruit from that tree is exactly what Made US be ashamed and find wrong un EVERYTHING! Even the BIBLE?!?? Wow!

Karen Klinck
Community Member
9 months ago

Except, of course, that region didn't have apples,which are a Northern fruit. That was a steal from several prior religions, usually used to describe why we have colder periods of weather. And, of course, they needed a religious 'reason' to put women down. Worked pretty well. Great excuse. Did you know it was responsible for the reason that women weren't allowed to use painkillers in childbirth for many centuries?

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IAin'tWoke
Community Member
9 months ago

🤣

Amy Frank
Community Member
9 months ago

had such a good laugh, I can think of a few people like this

Lauri foss
Community Member
9 months ago

Adam and eve also had daughters, they are just not named in the bible. Read your scriptures.

Jack Lambrecht
Community Member
9 months ago

That is still incest.. Seriously, look up incest if you don't understand it.

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Whiterain25 furry
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9 months ago

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i agree. its not for human greed, it is for reproduction. condoms are not natural and obscure the whole reason sex exists in nature- to reproduce

Jack Lambrecht
Community Member
9 months ago

And cancer is created to control population. Doesn't mean cancer is good. Btw: We've evolved from nature, we don't live in it anymore. Catch up to the modern era, you neanderthal.

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9 months ago

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i agree. its not for human greed, it is for reproduction. condoms are not natural and obscure the whole reason sex exists in nature- to reproduce

Nia Loves Art
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9 months ago

Condoms aren’t natural, but you have no problem using the internet?

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Elina Kuusisto
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9 months ago

Omg I'm sorry but that is too funny!

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Iggy
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9 months ago

That is scathing!

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Lenka Smetanová
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9 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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9 months ago

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

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agale
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9 months ago

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

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frosty34
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9 months ago

They do have similar names

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Olga Posedaru
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9 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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9 months ago (edited)

He looks like Jafar from Aladdin on steroids

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Kjorn
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9 months ago

skittles!!!!!!

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Amy Frank
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9 months ago

hahahaha

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Foxxy
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9 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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9 months ago

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

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Rowlie
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9 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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9 months ago

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

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Reirei
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9 months ago

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

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European other
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9 months ago

Is that a good or a bad thing ?

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Elina Kuusisto
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9 months ago

That poor child 😬

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Lenka Smetanová
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9 months ago

LOOLLLL

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manowce
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9 months ago

not something to joke about.

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