Side View has been fierce with us this week; her word for the weekend theme is charientism! And I, striving to be ever gracious *snide grin* am incapable of participating. Consider the Wiktionary offering on the word:
1. (rhetoric) A figure of speech wherein a taunting expression is softened by a jest; an insult veiled in grace.
Does that sound like something I would ever be guilty of? Of course not! *witchy cackle*
Let’s look instead, shall we, at some beautiful “I wish I’d said that” outright insults:
Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’
Mary McCarthy, in a statement about Lilian Hellman
I have met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but You’re twenty minutes
Methinks thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee
I’ve had a wonderful evening – but this wasn’t it
Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it’s because I’m not a bitch. Maybe that’s why Miss Crawford always plays ladies
The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
She has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by her friends …
I don’t know the source of that last one, but I DO know someone it would be just perfect for.