Let's just keep the Holy Name-Calling to a minimum, shall we?
I think that on some level we are all guilty.
We don't cuss. NOOO-sirree-bob!! We know better than that. But we DO throw out some pretty creative names, when we get stirred up.
You may be asking... Sarah, What's so wrong with that?!
Well, I'll tell you - the problem is that in trying to get creative with our name calling, and yet still getting out our frustrations... we end up sounding like 7-yr-olds on the schoolyard, angry because someone won't give us back our dodgeball.
"You're a stupid head!"
"Am not, meanie face!"
"Are too, Turd nugget!!"
I mean really... it gets kind've ridiculous. And though it's COMPLETELY entertaining (if you're not on the receiving end, that is), I think we should kick it up a notch. Let's try broadening our vocabulary and calling people names they will either 1 - not understand and thus, have no appropriate, equally effective comeback for; or 2 - they'll think we're complimenting them and be totally thrown off. Either of the two is fine with me, really, so here are a few words, along wit their definitions, that may help you in your next verbal sword-fight.
#1 - Is someone being mean? Try these words, instead -
Duplicitous [doo-plis-i-tuhs] : adj. Given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
Knave [neyv] : noun. an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person.
Nefarious [ni-fair-ee-uhs] : adj. extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous.
#2 - Is someone being rude? give these a shot -
Contumelious [kon-too-mee-lee-uhs] : adj.
Contumely [kon-too-muh-lee] : noun. 1. insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment; 2. a humiliating insult.
Indecorous [in-dek-er-uhs] : adj. not decorous; violating generally accepted standards of good taste or propriety; unseemly.
#3 - Just some other fun ones for you to try out -
Caitiff [key-tif] : adj. Despicable and cowardly.
Odious [oh-dee-uhs] : adj. highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.
Flagitious [fluh-jish-uhs] : adj. shamefully wicked, as persons, actions, or times.
Okay - that's enough. If I keep going, I'm afraid one of you will use these against me, for some reason. Not that I would EVER give you a reason to (No never... right?!)
Alright, then. Have fun - and remember... if you just say to yourself that this person is a _____, then no one's feeling's get hurt. But if you say it to their face, you just might (okay - you totally will) cause some problems - both for you AND that person.