Internet invective and other verbal constructions

Bloggers and commenters (not us!) throw around the most colorful and insulting phrases. IFO, herself, has been relatively immune from the onslaught since a) she has intelligent, thoughtful readers and b) she doesn’t make claims that anger the mud-slingers.

But, here are some ad hominem attacks (attack the person, not his/her argument) she has enjoyed elsewhere on the Internet lately:

* “As I’ve pointed out to slack jawed non-comprehension…”

* “Persons with three or more functioning brain cells…” Note, this isn’t a direct insult, but an insult by implication.

* “left wing moonbat”

Then, there is the witty back-and-forth of friends:

Steven Mosher, Posted Nov 26, 2011 at 1:11 AM

you misunderstand. this is merely sausage being made. in the end it tastes great.
What appear to be mouseturds in the ingredients will look and taste like pepper
when it is all cooked up properly.

RuhRoh Posted Nov 26, 2011 at 2:09 AM

Damn you Steve Mosher!

Just as the diapers of my firstborn child caused me to never again appreciate
‘squirt mustard’ in quite the same way as before, I will never again eat Cotto Salami without thinking of this lovely vignette you so thoughtfully provided…


steven mosher Posted Nov 26, 2011 at 3:11 AM

haha.. and I was going to put squirt mustard on that sausage!

Other constructions:

* Steve Jobs biography: he had a “reality distortion field” that not only allowed him to believe impossible things that came into being (iPod, etc.), but also may have contributed to his early death from cancer.

* “I got sidetracked by my brain.” DJ on the radio this morning, free-associating, then losing his train of thought.

And finally, the recently-deceased Christopher Hitchens and his opponents have traded some of the most elegant, yet hilarious, insults of the second half of the twentieth century. A life-long atheist, right up until the end, he uttered one of hundreds of his mots

In 2007, when the interviewer Sean Hannity tried to make the case for an all-seeing God, Mr. Hitchens dismissed the idea with contempt. “It would be like living in North Korea,” he said.

Investment lesson: Stick to your guns, no matter how much pressure your friends and enemies use.


About InvestingforOne

I've been investing in various assets by myself using a discount broker for many years. Over that time, I've developed some theories that others might find useful. Plus, there is more to investing than money. Time, talent, work, friends, family all go into developing a good and satisfactory strategy.
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