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Insults and Aspersions

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This is from Daily Tips about the  proper use of insults and Aspersions.  Have a blessed day!     Shirley

 

Insults and Aspersions

Like the rabbit Thumper in Bambi, I was brought up on the admonition, “if you can’t say nuthin’ nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.”

 

How times have changed! Not only has insult come to pervade public discourse, the Web abounds with insult generators to assist the invective-challenged.

 

For instance, creative types who want to add a little class to their abuse can consult a Shakespearean insult generator.

 

The word insult derives from Latin insultare, “to attack”; literally, “to jump on.” In medicine, an insult is anything that attacks or causes injury to the body. The verb insult means to display a scornful attitude towards someone by speech or behavior.

 

As I have always understood the word, an insult is a deliberate attack on someone’s feelings, but there’s some evidence that for some folks, even a remark devoid of hurtful intention may be construed as an insult if it disagrees with one’s own views.

 

This is from an article offering advice about how to respond to insults:

 

It can be hard to know what to do when someone makes a thoughtful remark that is insulting to your convictions, values or beliefs

I can see how one person’s “thoughtful remark” might be offensive to someone of differing beliefs, but I don’t see how it’s insulting.

 

Here are some synonyms for the noun insult:
jibe
affront
slight
barb
slur
indignity
injury
libel
slander
declamation
abuse [uh-BYUS]
disparagement
aspersion (usually in the plural)
dig
crack
put-down
slap in the face
kick in the teeth
cheap shot
low blow

 

Here are synonyms for the verb to insult:
abuse [uh-BYUZE]
be rude to
slight
disparage
discredit
libel
slander
malign
defame
denigrate
cast aspersions on
call someone names
put someone down
affront
humiliate
wound
badmouth
dis
calumniate

 

Note on aspersions:
A reader asked me if one can do anything with aspersions other than cast them. The answer seems to be, “No.” The word aspersions comes from the verb asperse, “to besprinkle or bespatter.”