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Writers can be a bitchy bunch – and witty too.
As you’d expect, they can construct powerful insults that pack a punch – or a jokey jab.
Here are two of my favourites Hemingway “insults”
I love how Hemingway derides similes.
He was criticized for using simple “dinky” words that would not send the reader to a dictionary.
I love how he “jokes” that he needs a dictionary – and how he uses a simile to attack similies.
“…similies (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time).”
I also love the stench of this insult – as he “pisses on” writers of parodies.
I can smell the caustic urine in the insult and the words “step up” suggest (to me) the step at a urinal.
“The parody is the last refuge of the frustrated writer…The step up from writing…
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