26 People Share “The Most Hauntingly Specific Insult” They’ve Ever Received

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will be internalized and held onto forever, echoing in the chambers of my mind. The more specific the insult, the more devastating, because it becomes memorable. Being called stupid doesn’t stick. Being called a filthy lummox does. That is an example that is in no way about me, of course.

Writer Sarah Dempster started a viral thread on Twitter for everyone to unload their horrible memories onto, writing, “What’s the most hauntingly specific insult you’ve ever received? I once made a joke about Dennis Waterman’s dentures and a man wrote to tell me I was ‘obviously lonely.'”


This tweet opened up a lot of wounds for people. The replies are all the most cutting remarks they’ve carried with them until now, ready to spill it onto the Internet. They will probably bring something up for you, too. If not, maybe this list will at lest give your some ideas for how to insult others.

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