The World's Greatest, Gayest Insults
BY Christopher Harrity
August 13 2014 7:00 AM ET
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