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People are talking about their favorite ways to insult someone politely

The Twitter hashtag is all about plausible deniability shade.


Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 29, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 7:48 am CDT

From the exquisite to the absurd, #InsultSomeonePolitely is the new trending hashtag on Twitter. Started yesterday morning by @WildTaggers, working with the @HashtagGame, makers of a Twitter app of the same name designed to help people lock on early to trending tags, it’s full of inspiration for those times you desperately need to be rude to someone but maintain plausible deniability.

User @WildTaggers got it started and included this adorable picture to take the sting out of it a little bit.

There were some old classics.

And some that are definitely going to become classics in the future.

Some were truly harsh.

There was some disagreement over what makes an insult polite. Quite a few felt that all it took was the insertion of some polite or formal language next to the swear words.

People brought in real-life examples.

Insulting someone politely is claimed as the regional specialty by several different places and they all came out to stake that claim. We had the Brits.

The Canadians.

And of course, the American South, wheeling out that old classic “Bless your heart”.

Honestly, some of them aren’t necessarily insulting, even if the speaker meant them to be. The insult is all in the eye of the receiver.

If you’ve got some great polite insults up your sleeve, it’s not too late to join in. The hashtag is still going strong on Twitter.


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*First Published: Jul 29, 2019, 3:06 pm CDT