It seems like the national anti-bullying campaign is still gaining steam. It has nothing to do with Beatdom, the cool literary journal pictured. I couldn’t find a good bully photo fast enough so it seemed to make sense to remind you all to get your copy of the Beatdom Sex Issue, which features some fine writing, including a few pieces by Your Narrator.
However, with all the anti-bully rhetoric floating around, we cannot ignore that a large number of readers are brought here by searching on ‘insult,’ due to a recent post. As an insult maven who sharpened his teeth on gritty replies as early as the second grade, this is found to be an encouraging sign…people are interested in insulting each other again.
First, let it be known that, as an adult, Your Beloved Scribe, myself that is, only insults people I like. An insult can be used a little term of endearment…a psychic poke in the ribs. As far as people who are not liked, they are better off ignored and the insults saved for better subjects.
One recent blog here noted how ‘insult cards’ were once available at magic and novelty shops. These were meant to get laughs on stage when your magic trick went wrong, we reckon, but personal use of them was limited to siblings and schoolmates. One great moment, never to be forgotten, was finding a copy of 1001 Insults For All Occasions in the adult section of the Whitehall Library, in Whitehall, PA. As a bad kid, reading and writing were the only redeemable values going for me. By fifth grade, the children’s section was exhausted. All the Henry Huggins, Beezus and Ramonas and other serials had been exhausted. My perception level was not subtle enough to appreciate adult novels but the non-fiction section was a big draw for me. At that time, in the mid-60s, the library had maybe a half dozen books of insults.
Needless to say, they were all devoured voraciously.
There are many resources available to us today, for insulting people all around the world. My close friend and publisher, who spent a lot of time dealing with Korean insults, may appreciate the following. I think it is nice to have a site that allows you to annoy foreigners, for a change. www.insults.net will help you swear in dozens of languages.
This is what they give you to go up against the Koreans in a battle of words:
How do I swear in Korean ?
Ssibal-seki / Samanes-seki - Son of shit eemee sheemee pek poejee dah - your mother has a bald pussy Geseki - Son of a bitch Yumago - fuck you shibseki - bitch, whore etc. Ko-chu-pado - suck my dick Kochu - dick Dong-mogo - eat shit K-sa-key - bitch She-pa-nom - No exact translation but bad Ja - shick - You are a bastard.
This is how they do it in Korea. As you can see, they are not exactly a well-thought-out style of insult. These are more like the type of insult you holler out of a car window. You do not see much of that, anymore, either. In younger years, one could not be seen in public, walking hand-in-hand with a girl, without some moron driving by and yelling out the car window, “Fuck her! I did!!!”