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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1 year ago

I agree.

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1 year ago

Fastest upvote so far

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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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1 year ago (edited)

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

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W.T.F. ?

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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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1 year ago

Golden

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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

that's the hit

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Elina Kuusisto
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1 year ago

My god it's true. Yeesh

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Olga Posedaru
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1 year ago

Apply LOTS of water to burnt area.

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Amy Frank
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1 year ago

LMAo omw that response is hilarious!!

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Olga Posedaru
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1 year ago

He could've done worse things than oversleeping, DEBRA. Could've depleted Earth's resources and left future generations to deal with it, HUN.

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

All except one, where are You Scooby-Doo?

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Amy Frank
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1 year ago

Shaking from the giggles

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Olga Posedaru
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

Truly

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Daria B
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1 year ago

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Dunno, this Jumah guy looks offended to me. (Rightfully so, though)

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

Must have been a rude awakening

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

OMG, I actually see it lol.

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Lilli
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1 year ago

dayyummmm Judge Judy with the ROASTS

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year 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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1 year ago

hehehehe

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Amy Frank
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg I'm sorry but that is too funny!

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Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

That is scathing!

Gregg V
Community Member
1 year ago

Next time take your tinfoil hat off when you go for it. ;-)

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Let’s All Just Try And Be Decent
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1 year ago

Wow and this is why I am SO glad there was no internet or Facebook when I was at school!!

Red
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1 year ago

DONT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF TINFOIL

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

She'll be sorry when the Aliens come and he's the one with the tinfoil.

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Lu
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1 year ago

It’s middle school... she was clearly over aiming.

Daniel da Silva
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1 year ago

That's sicker than dating someone for 4 days?

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
1 year ago

its M I D D L E S C H O O L for crying out loud thats how it works

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Kinsey Rice
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3 months ago

AHAHAHAHA TOO FUNNY 😂

Tara
Community Member
1 year ago

In middle school?! Ouch.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll bet she only broke up with you so she could use that line.

Pasion Jones
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

this a whole lie! facebook wasnt even around when his ass was in middle school!

Clinton Yew
Community Member
1 year ago

tinfoil supposed to protect you from all this burn.

Amanda MacDonald
Community Member
5 months ago

Aw poor guy he shouldnt take it personally. She probably read that on pinterest and wanted an excuse to use it. Like the dumb girl who goes outside during a rainstorm just to catch pneumonia and to post a pic with the caption "<3<3People who think only sunshine brings happiness have never danced in the rain. <3<3." Makes me want to vomit on their Uggs.

Joanne Hudson
Community Member
1 year ago

Took 4 days, huh?

link bsniffer
Community Member
1 year ago

thats not even good. nor original

Fonda Gabriel
Community Member
1 year ago

Yup

Tammy Hornback
Community Member
1 year ago

still using the word yeet

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
1 year ago

Ouch ! So glad I'm old and there was no social media during my childhood and teenage years. The regular gossip mill was more than enough!

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
1 year ago

It was pretty mean but hilarious at the same time.

Avital Pilpel
Community Member
1 year ago

4 days? A long-term relationship by middle school standards.

Elijah Snow
Community Member
1 year ago

Thinking about knights in shiny armor? I doubt whether she was better than or had more to offer than him.

Ed Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

I bet if she saw you now she would kick herself in the ass! If that is your picture at the to of this tweet, you are one good looking guy & I would keep you around forever. Ed

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

Why were you supposed to be the knight? Was she a magical princess in a castle?

Rhiana
Community Member
1 year ago

Damn and you know she's still burning people up to this day

Layla Jarvis
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Lesly Shepack
Community Member
1 year ago

You should look her up. She's probably a prison guard.

Cindy Snow
Community Member
1 year ago

" my sissy in double knit"

Donna Leske
Community Member
1 year ago

tinfoil? People still say tinfoil? It isn't 1940 anymore people.

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
1 year ago

saying tinfoil isn't 1940-ish, but you are right there with the dinosaurs bc of how stupid this comment is.

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Lenka Smetanová
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1 year ago

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

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European other
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1 year ago

That's some put down by Mum and a lot of detail

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Elina Kuusisto
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1 year ago

Effective anyway

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frosty34
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1 year ago

They do have similar names

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Olga Posedaru
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1 year 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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The Dutches
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1 year ago

Because he is

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

skittles!!!!!!

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Amy Frank
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1 year ago

hahahaha

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Amy Frank
Community Member
1 year ago

Bwaaaaaaaaahh!! Eyes watering from the good laugh

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

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

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Rowlie
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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Reirei
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1 year ago

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

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European other
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1 year ago

Is that a good or a bad thing ?

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Elina Kuusisto
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1 year ago

That poor child 😬

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Lenka Smetanová
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1 year ago

LOOLLLL

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manowce
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1 year ago

not something to joke about.

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