Insults have been flying around since the beginning of time, especially since human beings are such annoying ‘beings’. Some insults come with good intentions in mind, like when your mother calls you a funny name for leaving your room in a mess. Others are aimed at your personality and everything that essentially makes you, you.
Either way, sometimes it is hard to know what to say when someone insults you. If you are like me, then you’ll probably freeze up and remember the perfect comebacks when I’m tucked in bed at the end of the day. Well, that does not have to be the case anymore, because below is a compilation of some smart things to say when someone insults you. You are sure to find some gems here.
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This is one of the best things to say if someone insults you out of the blues. When a friend, acquaintance, or stranger overreacts and hurls insults your way, this is a great way to Glock them right back.
If it is your intention to get back at someone who’s been abusing you verbally, then this is the perfect comeback. Since insults are their forte, show them that you have a great response up your sleeves.
This one is for that person that cannot deliver a compliment or statement that’s pure. There is always an insult hidden in the mix. Throw this response at them and give them a few reasons to rethink their modus operandi.
Let’s say that someone insults your personality by straight-up calling you irritating. In that case, this is the best response for an insult like that. In no time, they should realize the full extent of how irritating you can be, which is no walk in the park.
Here is one comeback that is perfect for people who think their life’s mission is to judge you. With a response like this, you will have them thinking twice before your name comes out of their mouth again.
If you are tired and have no intention of hurling insults back and forth, then this response will do the trick. It is the best way to nip all issues in the bud.
Yes, it is a low blow to attack someone’s personality, but when someone insults you a bit too much, it is time to bring out the big guns. Let them know that they put out a lot of negative energy into the universe.
On a normal day, it is upsetting when someone insults you, but when the insulter has a zero personality, it hurts a bit more. This response should really hit them where it counts, that is why it is one of the best.
There is always that person who likes to get a rise out of people all the time. This is a thoughtful come back and hopefully, it will give them a reason to do the opposite of what they have been doing all their lives.
Everyone has bad days and you deserve to have one in peace. If the insulter tries to play on the fact that you are not your usual cheery self, this is a comeback that should put them right in their place.
Many people can dish out insults but they really cannot take it when they are on the receiving side. This is one of those comebacks that will make them think long and hard about what they say and how it affects others.
Time after time people riff on you without having solid reasons and that’s a sign of idiocy. If you run into a person like this, the best comeback is to show them that you see their idiocy and call them out on it.
This is one of the best things to say when someone insults you in the most senseless way possible. Comebacks like this are fun and they land every single time, so this is one to keep in your back pocket.
As far as comebacks for insults go, this one really drives it home. Again, when that senseless individual decides to open their mouth, this is what you should tell them. It will remind them that there is at least one brain working in the conversation.
This is the mother of all comebacks and anyone who uses this right deserves a compliment right after. If your goal is to bring someone back down to planet earth in the middle of a back and forth, this will make them see reason.
We all know that person who tries to shove their views down your throat, if that ever happens this is the best comeback to use. When someone insults you because you cannot see things their way, then this is one of the best things to say.
This comeback should be directed at control freaks who can’t speak without hurling insults at other people. Let them know the only personality they have any control over is theirs.
Misunderstandings happen all the time, but some people take it too far with their reactions. In that case, this is the perfect comeback if they insult you. Give them a reason to think and discover what is actually irking them in the first place.
Need I say more? If someone is trying to get you to gossip all the time and it is really getting on your nerves then this is the best comeback.
This is among the best comebacks for people who cannot seem to get their stories right. If the insulter is constantly misappropriating your actions and talking behind your back, this is a good way to let them know that you are onto them.
When someone insults you and will not just stop going then this is one way to get them to reel it in. With comebacks like this, you are simply stating the obvious and thankfully it highlights a part of their personality they need to work on.
Everyone has haters; people who talk about them all time and try to show their personality in another light. If you have one of those, then this is the best way to nip that rubbish in the bud. Let them know that you can see their game plan from where you are.
Let’s say someone insults you by calling you the ‘b’ word, well there is no need to get defensive when you can use the above line. Just let them know that you are fashioning that aspect of your personality after them.
This is a simple comeback, but it gets the job done especially if the person in question just keeps going. It is best to use comebacks like this when the person dishing the insults simply does not know when to stop. This will let them know that they have crossed a line.
These days insults have become quite lazy and people resort to body shaming, which is the basis of insults. If someone insults you for not looking like a supermodel then this is the best way to put them in their place.
Again, if someone is lazy enough to insult your weight, you might as well have some fun with them. This response will let them know that their insults haven’t actually gotten to you and you can see the humor in your situation.
This one goes for anyone who thinks they can insult any aspect of your appearance. If you are fat, slim, tall, or short and someone uses that as an insult then this is the best way to respond to them. Next time, they will surely try to dig up a compliment or keep their mouths shut if they don’t have a better insult.
If a person cannot find a compliment to pay another, then they really should come with some sort of disclaimer; I am sure you agree. Let them know that their insults are an indication of their toxicity and that deserve some sort of warning upfront.
There are many people who dish out insults to compensate for something that is lacking. So, you never know it may be Penis Deficiency Syndrome or something along those lines. Altogether, this is a humorous way to get back at that bully.
Some insults are so annoying because they lack the basic anatomy of any sentence. They make no sense and there is no atom of truth there. In that case, this is an insult you can throw right back and it will hit them where it counts.
There are people out there who insult you for the attention; they feed off the insanity of it all. In that case, the best reply to the insult is to let them know that you know exactly what they are doing and you do not subscribe to that channel.
You’ve got to love sarcasm, it makes dishing out an insult a lot more pleasurable. This one is especially biting since it comes packaged like a compliment. That ‘oops, did I do that?’ moment is as priceless as they come, so build on it.
Sometimes you need to bust out that imaginary dictionary and give these guys a lesson. When they insult you, simplify the whole issue by making them look as basic as they are. Yes, only a basic person will constantly come at you with insults.
When someone keeps coming for you with one insult after another, then it’s about time you held up a mirror for them. This is one of those responses to insults that cuts a bit deep so use it with care and only when you are pushed to the wall.
Being called a liar is one of the worst insults anyone could hurl at you. So, if someone dishes this insult out constantly, then this is the best way to respond to them. It should shut them up while you move on with your life.
Here is another one for people who insult you by constantly calling you a liar. The worst part is if they are serial liars; this comeback is probably a compliment compared to what they have been saying about you, so go wild with it.
If you’re known for being a bit sarcastic, then perhaps this bully doesn’t know how peeved you are by all they’ve been saying to you. This is the perfect response to the insult of having to listen to their relentless words.
This one is perfect for people who operate solely based on double standards. Some guys can dish out insult after insult but cannot stomach one themselves. If you have an encounter with such an individual, then this is the comeback for the occasion.
If the goal is to put someone on the spot and make them feel self-conscious of everything they say, you can achieve that with this statement. It is another great way to nip an argument or back and forth in the bud without knocking someone out.
Use this one with care, you don’t want to end up being a murder suspect. But, it is fun to say especially when someone keeps taking your silence for granted. This should shut them up for a while.
Need I say more? This is a great way to tell someone they are being idiotic loud and clear. Some people need you to spell it out in capital letters before it resonates.
Here is a line you can throw out there any time people riff on you for being quiet or keeping to yourself. If they cannot compliment you for minding your own business, then they deserve a line like this.
If someone insults you to the point that you can’t take it anymore, don’t get defensive. This reply is the best way to keep them in their place and shut down the conversation before it escalates further.
Some people have ugly personalities and they shove it in people’s faces without considering their feelings. If you happen to run into such a person, then this line is apt for the situation.
This one is for that person in your life who cannot take a compliment, have a laugh, or let their hair down without feeling offended. This line should put things into perspective for them.
Everyone has that obnoxious friend, acquaintance, or relative in their life and I’m sure you are no exception. This line is a one-way ticket to them shutting up or, at the very least, leaving you alone for a minute.
If they do not know that you are ignoring them, then sometimes it is a good idea to spell it out in capital letters. With this line, you can stop someone from constantly coming at you with insults.
There are lots of people out there who are as annoying as they come. If they direct your attitude your way, then this is one of the best lines to drop because it will put them in their place.
If you want to shut down a useless or senseless argument, then this is the line to use. If that person constantly bugs you and throws insults your way, this phrase should really let them know how you feel about them.
Being smart is somehow considered uncool, so if someone insults you for having a good head on your shoulders, this is a good way to put things into perspective. Let them know that being smart is the new cool.
Calling someone a nerd is now considered a weak insult, but some people still resort to using it lazily. Just drop this line so that they can recognize the fact that you are superior to them in a way that counts most.
The moment someone insults you to a point that you cannot hold back anymore, this is the line to use. Not only does it add some humor to the mix, but it shows that you are witty and smart.
The truth, they say, is bitter especially when it comes from someone you are trying to insult. That, my friend, is the power of this line. Dropping this line is the perfect way to nip the issue in the bud without escalating the situation.
If it quacks like a duck and waddles like a duck, then it is probably a duck. But in this case, I am definitely not talking about a duck. If things get too heated, then you should let them know exactly how you feel about their personality.
This is a great way to take the high road without actually taking the high road. You have to admit, it's extremely cathartic to let off some steam once in a while.
Again, if someone tries to put you down for being smart, it only makes sense that you put them down for not being as smart as you are. So, let them know that not being as smart as you are is actually a disadvantage.
There are people out there who really think their insulting nature is all fun and games. In their heart of hearts, they are simply being a delight to everyone around them including you. This line will let them in on some harsh truths.
This one is perfect for insulters that pick on you on a regular basis, they keep running their mouths and try to paint you in a different light in the eyes of others. Let them know that they truly do not know anything about you, they just have a mouth they can easily run.
In this life, not everyone can like you or even tolerate you, that’s a solid fact. If there's someone who clearly voices their dislike for you regularly, this is the best comeback you can drop. It’ll let them know they are not as important to you as they think.
This one is for all those judgemental people out there who cannot keep their opinions to themselves. If they keep rubbing your inadequacy in your face, this is a great way to shut them up and shut the whole conversation down.
Here is another one that you can throw back at anyone who thinks that they can look down their noses at you. No one is perfect and just because you have issues in one area, doesn’t mean you do not have your strong points. Let that person know that they are playing into the stereotype of people who can’t see the good in others.
Judgemental people are everywhere, that is why I am going to take my time to arm you with enough ammo for them. This is a plain and straightforward way to tell them that they do not have all the facts and as such, they cannot get to you.
Here is a humorous way to really annoy someone who has made it a habit of annoying you regularly. With this line, you are sure to hit them where it hurts while putting your message across.
You guessed right, this one is for all those hypocrites out there who think they know how you should live your life better than you do. This statement should really put them in their place and teach them how to keep their noses out of your business.
Here is another statement that is pure and unadulterated truth that can shut up any hater or insulter in the blink of an eye. Let them know where their behavior lands them if they continue on that path.
If you are close to someone who constantly underrates you and only remembers you when they need something then this line will come in handy at some point. Let them know that you see their game and you are not down for it.
We all make mistakes, but that does not warrant constant insult and aberration. So, if someone clearly can't get over something even when you've apologized for it over and over again, then this is the line to use.
Here's what you can say to that self-centered person in your life who constantly puts you down for not keeping them at the center of their universe. Sarcasm is a great vehicle to let them know that you have your life and they have theirs.
Vain people, right? They are as annoying as they come, and they spread annoyance in their wake (not my most creative line, I know). When one of them insults you, this is one of the best things you can say to put them.
This is the perfect way to shut down an unhealthy conversation especially if you are keen on getting in the last word. It has the perfect amount of zing, sass, and sarcasm to put them in their place and entertain anyone who's close enough to witness the exchange.
This is just a great line that has the ability to throw your opponent off in the middle of an argument. Just let them know they aren't fooling anyone, most especially you.
Badly behaved people often do not know that they are behaving badly. But in the case that they know exactly what they are doing, this is the perfect comeback for them.
Here is a line for those annoying people who cannot take a hint. If they keep bothering and badgering you with insults dropping this comeback should shut them down, at least for a little while.
Need I say more? If that insulter is still bothering you, then this is a light and fun way to shoo them away. It doesn’t hurt that you are insulting them in the process too, they should be able to take a spoon of their own medicine.
You can equally use this one when someone is constantly pestering you with derogatory words and phrases. Once you drop this line, simply let it go and let them yap on if they want to, you've said you're piece, it's up to them to behave well.
Here is another way to clearly spell out the fact that someone is bothering you a whole lot. Tell them to go away and stay away from you for both your sakes.
Yes, I am sure you have noticed the theme here, if you want that annoying person to leave you alone then you should drop this spicy comeback and the rest is history.
There's always going to be that person that rains on your parade, this line will definitely put them right where they deserve to be.
Some know it all out there is always going to try to Lord over you by stating the obvious and clothing it like it's a big deal. Once you say this, it should let them know you know what they are doing.
In other words, they need to learn how to shut up and stay out of your business. Let that insulter know that you don't want any part of their negative attitude in your life.
Again, if you want to tell someone to mind their own business here is a colorful way to get it done. Since they can't be straightforward, then you can tell them to shove off in the most twisted way possible.
Sarcasm always hits the right spots especially when delivered in cleverly delivered lines like these. Let them know that you aren't buying into the nonsense they've been spewing about.
Many people don't have a problem picking away at other people's problems. They do it so much that they ignore how messed up their lives really are. With this line, you can give them that much-needed reality check.
It makes total sense, anyone who has strong opinions about what you can or cannot do with your life should be able to foot your bills. When you were little your parents had the right to tell you what to do, that's because they paid for everything. So, let them know that your name is on the bills, you get to do what you want.
Isn't it amazing how many ways you can tell people to mind their own business? Yes, it is and this is one of them, let them know you can do what you want and do need them to poke their noses where they don't belong.
This one is for all those people who constantly overstep their boundaries. Honestly, there is nothing worse than someone who oversteps and acts like they are right at home.
Since minding your own business sounds as mundane as they come, this line is the perfect way to put that busy body in its place. Let them know that their opinion means nothing to you and it will remain that way.
Don't you just wish you could mute or turn some people off? Since you can't actually do that, the next best thing is to tell them how you feel. This phrase is the exact embodiment of that sentiment. You're welcome.
Don't we all have this kind of person in our lives? They know all the right buttons to push to get you to your boiling point. Instead of blowing up and messing things up in the process, drop this line and watch what happens.
Killjoys, right? They can suck the joy and fun out of everything regardless of how amazing. Simply utter these words and they should get the message and eventually melt into the background.
Many people think they are witty, but not everyone has their wits about them. That's the point that you will drive home with this statement. It doesn't help that it's loaded with the right amount of sarcasm to really drive it home.
If someone is trying to make you feel smaller than they are, this is the perfect comeback. It's not too pompous, but it has the right amount of superiority to let them know you won't bring yourself down to their level.
We all have that person in our lives that make us wish we did not know them. Well, this is the perfect line to use if you want to communicate how hard it is to deal with them even for a few minutes.
Sometimes you don't need to say much to that annoying person, simply let them know I will eventually be the architect of their own demise.
Need I say more?
There is no doubt that this will put them securely in their place. What’s more? It is fun; well at least for you.
Another stellar way to tell people to mind their own business.
Yes, it is colorful, but it drives the point across.
That's if animal control will care about them.
Ouch! They are bound to feel this one deep down.
Here's another creative way to get them to shut up.
Many people are great on their feet when someone insults them, if you are not then take a moment to weigh the words before they come out of your mouth. In the case that you are going for the high road, simply let them know their remarks are not landing well. If not, go for a response that will hit just as low as theirs.
There are a lot of things to say on purpose that can rub someone the wrong way. One of the rudest things to say to someone is f*ck you. Those two words are enough to trump all the insults out there. A person could recite a whole epistle of insults but once you introduce those two words to the mix your intention to get back at them is clear.
First, develop a sense of humor, because that makes it easy to make jest of the insults that come your way. Then train your brain to listen to the words that come out of the other person’s mouth. Then look for the right tone, because once you have that down, it doesn't really matter what you say if you have the perfect tone.
No matter what you do, do not become defensive with your comebacks. If you get defensive, you will achieve the opposite of putting them in their place. Also, learn to respond and not react, the insulter wants to get a reaction from you so don’t do that. Find a way to move past it, whether that involves you saying your mind or ignoring the situation is all up to you.
You are being rude if you often have an impatient air about you, and do not care about how your words or actions affect the next person. Your goal is simply to be heard and to express yourself at the expense of other people’s feelings. Take a look at how people interact with you, that’s a viable indication of whether you are being rude or not.
For many people, it is difficult to find smart things to say when someone insults you. Comebacks are a lot harder to come up with than how they make it look in the movies. With that in mind, I hope that this article gives you a little insight into how to put those bullies in their place.
Your response to their words is everything, so be conscious of that. I would love to hear your take on the topic in the comment box below, what are some smart things to say when someone insults you? Also, don’t hesitate to share this with someone who needs it.