The World's Greatest, Gayest Insults

Here's evidence we might just cast shade the most effectively.

BY Christopher Harrity

August 13 2014 7:00 AM ET

WILDE CHILD
Oscar Wilde was the king of the epigram, bon mot, scathing remark, and witty double entendre.

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

"Of course, America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up."

"I don't recognize you — I've changed a lot."

"America is one long expectoration."

"She is a peacock in everything but beauty."

"He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone."

"A monstrous orchid."
— Oscar Wilde on Aubrey Beardsley

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