Sitting on the plane at Boston airport and hoping it will take off. The delay is because it’s overcast and raining in Philadelphia. This news does not really fit well with Philly’s tough image.
So I muttered under my breath and realized that none of my insults were things I was comfortable with. All the terms were derogatory to women, gay people, or race.
Naturally this brought to mind the great quote from Betty White
Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.
But this doesn’t help. I needed an insult to hurl at Philly for not being tough enough to let airplanes land in the rain. And I wanted an insult that didn’t disparage women or gays or that was racist. Betty is awesome, but she wasn’t helping.
Going back to Shakespeare there were a few tips. From Macbeth:
Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, Thou lily-liver’d boy.
Lily-liver’d that kind of has a ring to it. It rolls nicely off the tongue, but the hyphenation and apostrophe is going to make it difficult when texting.
Hamlet offered this:
Thou are pigeon-liver’d and lack gall.
It’s a variation on a theme but I guess even Shakespeare couldn’t be totally original. Same texting problem as before.
Damn! Where can I find a better source of insults? Any recommendations?