How to respond to an insult with comebacks

I don’t care for arrogant or rude people because their insults are scathing. That’s why clever comebacks by the intelligent are the only things that work effectively.

The world is filled with arrogant individuals because being humble is not all that popular, and because toxic behavior seems to run rampant from my experience. Unfortunately, consideration is not the go-to response when it comes to striving to get ahead or gaining a platform. Insults have become common and sometimes have a lasting effect on those who only wish to succeed.

The most effective clever comebacks

The only way to respond in a manner that catches the attention of rude people it seems is to be armed with clever comebacks. These responses really show results, and I don’t mean paying insult for insult either. Some clever comebacks can be educational and inspiring as well. Here are 6 clever comebacks that only the smartest people use.

Sarcasm

I’m going to start with a little humor to lighten things up a bit. Sarcasm, in its highest form, is used by intelligent individuals for both entertainment and in the case of an insult. Many times the insults vaulted at intelligent people are the vilest attacks on character. In this case, sarcasm agrees, yet shows the attacker the futile attempt that was made by returning a higher level of knowledge in defense.

Understanding the depth of sarcasm is also relative to the intellect of the one who is insulted. If your sarcasm can match an educated response, then the arrogant individual will most times be surprised and left with no counter attack.

Jokes

Returning an insult with humor is always a positive way to respond. Instead of getting angry, as weak-minded people do, try to make light of the situation or use a comedic insult to show your playfulness. This may lighten the whole situation while helping you stand your ground. For example:

“Remember when I asked for your opinion? Me either.”

Now, see how funny that is. It never hurts to add levity when the conversation has gotten much too heavy. If you don’t find a way to lighten the conversation, it could lead to unneeded stress for both parties.

Question motives

One way to counteract an insult from an arrogant person is by questioning their motives for their insult or question. Now, an insult is an insult, sometimes obvious in motive, but on certain occasions, an insult may come wrapped in a seemingly innocent inquiry. The best response to an attack of this nature is to question the meaning behind the statement. This is what you can do, for instance:

What makes you ask this question?” or “What does that mean?”

This leaves the ball in their corner so you can understand the exact direction of their statement. Once the insult is clear, then you may want to move to counter in another way. This could pave the way to delve deeper into the hidden motive behind the insult, and the deeper roots of their mindset.

Offer alternatives

Most of the time arrogant or rude people are negative as well. When they resort to insults, they usually have nothing else to use. They have left the realm of positivity in order to gain leverage over other people’s opinions. When they make the insult, a clever comeback may include offering alternatives to their opinions.

If you’ve been insulted by an arrogant person, tell them that there could be other ways of thinking besides their own. They may not want to hear this, but you can use it as a platform to share opposing views and lessen the power of the attack. For instance, you can try this statement:

There are other ways to look at this situation as well. Others may have different opinions on this idea.”

Support good intentions

Although the rude person probably meant to make the insult sting, you could choose to take the high road. Offer a way out for them as well, by asking if they know how arrogant the statement sounded.

Most of the time, they will be ashamed by their attack on your character and will respond with something much less arrogant or either not at all. Either way, the conversation can be steered back on course again.

Pause and find common ground

One of the most outstanding clever comebacks in history came from Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. During Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, while answering other developer’s questions, one man, from the audience, took a shot at him. This is what he said:

“It’s sad and clear that on several counts, you’ve discussed, you don’t know what you’re talking about. I would like, for example, for you to express, in clear terms, how, say, JAVA and any of its incarnations addresses the ideas embodied in OpenDoc. And when you’re finished with that, perhaps you can tell us what you, personally, have been doing for the last seven years.”

Although this insult was pretty rough, Steve Jobs never flinched. He paused for a moment to gather his thoughts, like a truly intelligent man. Then, after a bit of time, he said,

“You know, you can please some of the people some of the time…but…

Then Jobs pauses once more and replies again.

“One of the hardest things, when you are trying to effect change, is that – people like this gentleman – are right!”

Wow, I bet you weren’t expecting that one. But the truth is, this response was phenomenal. The reason: Replying with a pause, some thought and then striving to meet on a common ground with the retort, allows both the one making the insult and the one who receives it to find commonality between each other.

Sometimes, the one who is making the insult feels unheard and by agreeing with them, you open up the conversation for more civil forms of communication.

Smart people control the conversation, let’s face it.

If you are prone to receiving quite a few insults, it could mean a variety of things. Your points may be hitting vulnerable areas, your arguments may be strong, or you could just be minding your own business and find yourself being attacked. Whatever the situation may be, a clever comeback usually changes the game.

Don’t worry about arrogant or rude people and their antics. Just keep learning. Remember, the smarter you are, the more adept at clever comebacks you will be. Well, at least, that’s my opinion. The great thing about life is….there are so many perspectives and we should all be prepared to stand our ground.

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Image: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates by Joi Ito

You’ve probably seen or heard about how some young people use the slang “ok, boomer” online. Sometimes, they use it in person when responding to others, and some people are wondering what the phrase means.

You’re probably wondering about the possible comebacks to that saying; you can use the following comebacks described below in case someone decides to get cheeky and say “ok, boomer” to you.

It’s not as if your grandson/granddaughter is going to let you in on the secret, and they likely won’t give you any clever comebacks. Luckily, you have this article to help you.

Before we get to the comebacks for “ok, boomer,” we’ve got to establish what it means first. This way, you’ll be able to pick the most appropriate comeback for the situation:

What does “ok, boomer” mean?

“Ok, boomer” is a phrase that the younger generation is using to dismiss older people.

This is usually a response to some of the old ideologies that the younger generation deems harmful to society, and it is used especially when someone of your age is aggressive or ignorant to the changes in society.

For instance, someone of your generation may argue that millennials and generation Z are lazy or have misplaced priorities, especially with regards to homeownership or going to college.

However, in reality, it is much harder now for young people because things are very expensive and more complicated.

The response, “ok, boomer” is a way to say, “I am not going to argue with you because you are stuck in your old ways.”

Since it has become so popular, a lot of people are saying it as a joke, which means that they do not wish to hurt anyone’s feelings or discriminate.

Other times, it is used to be blatantly disrespectful to the older generation, and it is used for more than just trolling; it actually borders on bullying at times, especially on the Internet.

It is up to you to analyze the situation and decipher whether or not the person is joking. This is the only way that you can come up with good comebacks for “ok, boomer.”

Five comebacks for “ok, boomer” when someone says it at work

The workplace is no place for age discrimination, and if that is what your coworker is doing, you should notify your HR representative.

Otherwise, you can use a clever response to show that your feelings aren’t hurt.

Here are five appropriate comebacks for “ok, boomer” in the workplace.

01 “Okay, mental illness – I mean millennial.”

You’re basically calling the person who said it dumb or crazy. It lets him/her know that the insult wasn’t smart or effective. It shows that he/she should go back to the drawing board and find another way to be rude.

02 “Wow, coming from the generation that eats tide pods and can’t do taxes?”

This is good to use on a young coworker with whom you are friendly. It shows that you are “in-the-know.” You are showing that being older means that you are smarter than your younger colleague.

03 “I’m booming in the bank, how about you?”

The chances are that you have a lot more money in your savings’ account, and you probably have more than the young people in your office.

For starters, you probably made a couple of good investments over the years, and you likely have a senior position in the office. Consequently, you have managed to accumulate more wealth during your lifetime.

When you say this, the coworker who said it will be reminded of who he/she is dealing with!

04 “I thought you were supposed to be the tolerant generation.”

This is the generation of greater acceptance and tolerance of others, no matter their race, sexual orientation, gender, class, or level of education. So, it’s surprising to see how dismissive they can be of generational differences when it comes to older generations.

It reminds your coworker that he/she should be more supportive, and that he/she isn’t being very nice.

05 [Say nothing]

Sometimes, the best response is no response.

By not responding, you are showing maturity, and you are acting like the “bigger” person. It may make your coworker feel ashamed of his/her childish behavior.

If the coworker continues to be disrespectful, you can always file a complaint with your HR department.

You will not be at fault because you did not engage him/her in the exchange of hurtful remarks.

Five comebacks for ok boomer when a stranger says it in person or online

Some strangers are nice, but others have lousy lives; this means they will try to disrespect you for no reason at all.

If you come face-to-face with one of those strangers, the way you respond to them will determine how they treat you and others in the future.

When you’re online, having a clever comeback for this saying may also score you some points with others who are online.

Here are five comebacks for this saying that you can use when a stranger says it:

06 “I think you have me mistaken with your mother/father.”

This is best used on millennials because their parents may come from the Baby Boomer generation. This will definitely make him/her second guess calling anyone that again.

07 “The jerk store called. They’re all out of you.”

This is a classic comeback. The best part is that you can use it when they don’t say “ok, boomer.” You are simply saying that the person is being a huge jerk.

08 “I’m not even a boomer genius!”

You can use this when the person calls you a “boomer,” and you are much younger than that. It might make him/her feel stupid, especially if you’re a millennial like he/she is.

09 “I hope these Internet points can pay off your student loan!”

Often, people who troll others online are mean on the Internet only, and they do it for “likes” or in other words “internet points.”

You are letting the troll know that what he/she said isn’t worth taking seriously, and being negative isn’t going to help his/her life in any way.

Plus, the running joke is that millennials are drowning in debt, and they aren’t able to afford the lifestyle that a “boomer” can.

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W hen you experience sexism or sexual harassment, it’s common to feel a wave of emotions wash over you – fear, anger, embarrassment, shame, and often shock or panic. It’s often incredibly difficult to respond in the heat of the moment, and victims frequently report the frustration of feeling frozen. Sometimes you think of a witty comeback hours later and wish you’d had it at the tip of your tongue in time.

Let’s be very clear – it is never a victim’s duty or responsibility to shout back. We won’t solve any kind of sexism by telling the people experiencing it to react in a certain way, we’ll stop it by preventing the perpetrators from doing it in the first place. Often, it’s not safe to respond, particularly if you are isolated, or fear the situation could escalate. But for those times when you do wish you had a quick comeback, the Twitter followers of the Everyday Sexism Project shared a deluge of wonderful, witty responses this week.

Some were delightfully cunning.

@EverydaySexism when I get harassed I always pretend I didn’t hear & say “what?” The more they have to repeat the sillier they sound.

@EverydaySexism “A woman’s place is in the kitchen” you know what you’re right. Lemme grab a knife.

@EverydaySexism guy makes orgasm noise at me as I walk past. Me: “that will probably be the only time you ever hear that noise in your life”

@EverydaySexism a guy kept harrassing me for my phone number so I gave him the number of another sexist, figured they’d have a lot in common

And some were direct and to the point.

@EverydaySexism Someone bleeped at me from a car as I was striding down the road. I yelled “I AM A WOMAN NOT A TRAFFIC JAM”.

@EverydaySexism Man: “Nice tits.” Me: “If you’re going to be a sexist pig at least be accurate. I have fantastic breasts.” Silence.

Some favoured actions over words.

@everydaysexism 5yo daughter got told by a 7yo boy at the park that ‘boys are best’. She promptly out performed him on monkey bars.

Some whipped out their secret weapons.

@EverydaySexism two French men on tube discussing me in Fr: “She’s far too tall [6’+] for a woman”. Me: “Oui, elle parle français en plus”

@EverydaySexism Managed to stop white van full of men mid-catcall by shoving a big powdery donut into my mouth then smiling with mouth full

Others showcased wit and wordplay.

@EverydaySexism Bloke: ‘you’re a bit too thin for me’. Me: ‘that’s lucky because you’re a bit too thick for me’.

@EverydaySexism MAN: “Ive got the F, C and K, all I need is U” ME: “I’ve got the B, Y and E, so I don’t need U”

Some were direct and to the point.

@EverydaySexism Him: “Look darlin, I don’t mean to hassle you but…” Me: “WELL THEN DON’T HASSLE ME.” . Then he got aggressive #charmer

@EverydaySexism Guy on train after I asked him to move his bag off seat: “Why don’t you grab my cock?” Me: “I didn’t bring any tweezers.”

Some played the long game.

@EverydaySexism Dealing with a complaint, person didn’t like amount I offered. “I want to speak to your manager, and make sure it’s . 1/3

@EverydaySexism not some woman”, “my boss is a woman”, “what about her boss is the reply”, “She is too” I replied . 2/3

@EverydaySexism he stated “I’ll complain to the director if I have to”. “Erm, not sure what she’d have to say”. He hung up!

Others were as sharp as nails.

@EverydaySexism Male colleague: “Don’t mind her, she’s on her period.” Me: “If I had to bleed to find you annoying, I’d be anaemic.”

@EverydaySexism A friend heard a guy shout ‘Sit on my face!’ at a girl who replied ‘Why, is your nose bigger than your dick?’ AMAZING!

@EverydaySexism New job,1st meeting, only woman, suit asks where’s the coffee? Reply Don’t know, but when you find it mine’s white no sugar

And some really turned the tables.

@EverydaySexism flashed at on a bus when I was 19. Snorted and said I’d seen more meat on a butcher’s apron. Flasher got off bus head low

@EverydaySexism On train home guy rubs my bum. I grab hand, lift it in the air & say “has anyone lost a hand? I found this one on my arse!”

@EverydaySexism ‘cor look at the tits on that!’ ‘Yes, well at least one of us has something worth shouting about’.

@EverydaySexism Last time a man called me a bitch for ignoring his unwelcome advances, I barked at him loudly & repeatedly until he ran away

Some came from awesome male allies.

@EverydaySexism Ran up excitedly to car filled with dudes after they hooted at my friends. They sped away.

Another recent fave from a man: “Apparently the answer to ‘are you a legs man or a tits man’ isn’t ‘sorry I’m not a sexist'”

And others came from men who had experienced sexism themselves.

@EverydaySexism I’m 6’7. drunk woman grabbed me and said “is ‘everything’ in proportion?” I said “sadly not. If it was I would be 7’7”

But my personal favourite was just sheer kick-ass comedy gold.

@EverydaySexism A man once pointed out loudly that I have huge boobs. I looked down at them and screamed like I’d never noticed them before

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Sometimes when we’re peeved, our minds can go to some pretty dark places. If you can dig up some dark humor while you’re there, you’ll feel much better! We’ve compiled a list of good roasts and comebacks to mutter under your breath the next time someone pisses you off. Whether you’ve gotta deal with kids who just won’t put their crap away or need an office joke for that coworker who drives you crazy, there’s something on this list for every situation. Repeat as many times as you need until you no longer give AF.

Better yet, why wait until confrontation arises to get a whirl out of these? There’s no better roast than a roast between good friends, and this is most definitely a list from which you can bounce off each other. And if there are no friends available, you can always pull up a chair and get practicing for your special appearance on an episode of Comedy Central Roast. Or pretend you’re on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and you just spit back an already iconic burn. A girl can dream, right?

Reminder: While we all need to blow off steam from time to time (moms especially!), bullying or being mean isn’t cool. Save these roasting jokes and comebacks for the privacy of your own home, or for people who’ll understand that they’re just that — jokes. After all, their hilarity will be much better appreciated that way.

Read on to learn some of the best roasts and insults that will get you through a day where you don’t feel like being as sweet as a Georgia peach.

1. If I throw a stick, will you leave?

2. You’re a gray sprinkle on a rainbow cupcake.

3. If your brain was dynamite, there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off.

4. You are more disappointing than an unsalted pretzel.

5. Light travels faster than sound, which is why you seemed bright until you spoke.

6. We were happily married for one month, but unfortunately, we’ve been married for 10 years.

7. Your kid is so annoying he makes his Happy Meal cry.

8. You have so many gaps in your teeth it looks like your tongue is in jail.

9. Your secrets are always safe with me. I never even listen when you tell me them.

10. I’ll never forget the first time we met. But I’ll keep trying.

11. I forgot the world revolves around you. My apologies! How silly of me.

12. I only take you everywhere I go just so I don’t have to kiss you goodbye.

13. Hold still. I’m trying to imagine you with a personality.

14. Our kid must have gotten his brain from you! I still have mine.

15. Your face makes onions cry.

16. The only way my husband would ever get hurt during an activity is if the TV exploded.

17. You look so pretty. Not at all gross today.

18. It’s impossible to underestimate you.

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19. Her teeth were so bad she could eat an apple through a fence.

20. I’m not insulting you; I’m describing you.

21. I’m not a nerd; I’m just smarter than you.

22. Don’t be ashamed of who you are. That’s your parents’ job.

23. Your face is just fine, but we’ll have to put a bag over that personality.

24. You bring everyone so much joy… when you leave the room.

25. I thought of you today. It reminded me to take out the trash.

26. Don’t worry about me. Worry about your eyebrows.

27. You are the human version of period cramps.

28. If you’re going to be two-faced, at least make one of them pretty.

29. You are like a cloud. When you disappear, it’s a beautiful day.

30. I’d rather treat my baby’s diaper rash than have lunch with you.

31. Don’t worry — the first 40 years of childhood are always the hardest.

32. I may love to shop, but I will never buy your bull.

33. I love what you’ve done with your hair. How do you get it to come out of your nostrils like that?

34. OH MY GOD! IT SPEAKS!

35. “Check your lipstick before you come for me.” — Naomi Smalls, RuPaul’s Drag Race

36. “It looks like she went into Claire’s Boutique, fell on a sale rack, and said, ‘I’ll take it!’” — Bianca Del Rio, RuPaul’s Drag Race

37. “Is your ass jealous of the amount of shit that comes out of your mouth?” — Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Oblivion

38. “Go back to Party City, where you belong!” — Phi Phi O’Hara, RuPaul’s Drag Race

39. “Where’d you get your outfits, girl, American Apparently Not?” — Trixie Mattel, RuPaul’s Drag Race

40. “Impersonating Beyoncé is not your destiny, child.” — RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

41. “Don’t get bitter, just get better.” — Alyssa Edwards, RuPaul’s Drag Race

42. Child, I’ve forgotten more than you ever knew.

43. You just might be why the middle finger was invented in the first place.

44. I know you are, but what am I?

45. I see no evil, and I definitely don’t hear your evil.

46. You have miles to go before you reach mediocre.

47. When you look in the mirror, say hi to the clown you see in there for me, would ya?

48. Bye, hope to see you never.

49. Complete this sentence for me: “I never want to see you ____!”

50. Remember that time you were saying that thing I didn’t care about? Yeah… that is now.

52. N’Sync said it best: “BYE, BYE, BYE.”

53. Wish I had a flip phone so I could slam it shut on this conversation.

54. How many licks till I get to the interesting part of this conversation?

55. Wow, your maker really didn’t waste time giving you a personality, huh?

85. Wow, I bet you even fart glitter!

86. I guess if you actually ever spoke your mind, you’d really be speechless.

How to respond to an insult with comebacks

When my book hit the Wall Street Journal bestseller list a few weeks ago an acquaintance called to say, “Congratulations on hitting the bestseller list. I’ll keep my fingers crossed your next book hits the New York Times bestseller list.”

I said, “Thank you,” but at the same time, I was wondering was that really a compliment? As an ‘accidental author’ who never intended to write a book, I was overjoyed my book got published. The fact that it hit several major bestseller lists was icing on the cake.

But my acquaintance had simultaneously acknowledged the accomplishment and insinuated it wasn’t good enough. While this wasn’t exactly an offensive comment, it got me thinking about how often people mix praise and criticism in the same sentence.

Clearly, some backhanded compliments are mean-spirited, while others are said out of ignorance. Sometimes, it’s helpful to consider the person’s intentions before choosing your response.

Here are five helpful ways to respond to backhanded compliments:

1. Ignore it.

Staying silent doesn’t mean you’re letting yourself get pushed around. In fact, saying nothing at all can be one of the best ways to avoid giving away your power. It sends a message that says, “I don’t value your opinion enough to justify it with a response. Silence also avoids an argument.

When to use it: It’s a good tactic to use when you know someone is likely trying to get your attention. If your child says, “Thanks for taking me to the park today. It’s about time you took me to do something fun,” don’t take the bait.

2. Say, “Thank you.”

There’s no need to justify your choices when someone hurls an insult, especially if your response isn’t likely to help. So rather than get into a debate about why the comment is hurtful, a simple thank you can be the best way to move forward.

When to use it: The ‘thank you’ approach is especially effective when people give a backhanded compliment out of ignorance. When Grandma says, “I’m glad you got a job in real estate. That computer stuff you were doing from home wasn’t a real job anyway,” a simple, “Thank you,” could be the best way to move forward.

3. Acknowledge the positive portion.

Feedback and criticism can be essential to improving your performance, but sugarcoating an insult with a compliment usually isn’t constructive. Acknowledge the positive portion of a backhanded compliment to show that passive-aggressive communication isn’t effective.

When to use it: When your boss says, “You were so productive today! It’s too bad you didn’t do this last week when I could have used your help even more,” respond by saying, “Thank you for noticing my hard work today.”

4. Address the insult head-on.

Backhanded compliments can damage relationships. So sometimes, it’s best to address the issue in a direct manner. Otherwise, the snarky comments might continue and the relationship could deteriorate. When you don’t want a hurtful comment to get in the way of your relationship, speak up.

When to use it: If your friend says, “Those pants look great on you. They hide your belly nicely,” respond by saying, “I’m glad you like these pants, but the comment about my belly is hurtful.” If you are too stunned to speak up right away when you receive a backhanded compliment, you can always address the issue at a later time.

5. Keep your sense of humor.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do, is not take yourself–or someone’s backhanded compliments–too seriously. The person who offers them may not know how to deal with their emotions or they may be trying to hurt you on purpose. Respond with a little humor, without getting snide.

When to use it: A co-worker who says, “Congratulations on that promotion. Perhaps you won’t be so irritable all the time in your new position,” is probably envious of your success. A good response might be to say, “Yikes! Sounds like you’ll be happy to see me go.”

How to respond to an insult with comebacks

1. Rednecks

Variations: “Did you do a special course in being ignorant…or did you just pick it up around the trailerpark?”
“Wow…it’s like some law of biology or something: people with small minds always have incredibly big mouths.”
“Has anyone seen any news reports about a village missing their idiot…I think I just found him.”

Introduction

The best thing to do with transphobic comments is to ignore them and keep on walking: why waste your time on assholes? As Sun Tsu said…

The battle not fought is the battle truly won!

Okay, he didn’t say that…but you know what I mean.

However, sometimes – at the school dining room or the office water cooler – you’re effectively cornered. If you say nothing then you come off as weak…and the comments are likely to continue. Today, therefore, I’d like to give you some comebacks to transphobic insults.

2. Insults re: womanhood

Here we have something a little less highbrow and a little more below the belt. If he insults your womanhood then go for his manhood (Not literally! Fuck it…on second thoughts…rip that thing off and feed it to the pigs! (Ew…did I really just say that?”)

3. I would tell you to go fuck yourself but I’m pretty sure you’d be disappointed.

4. Acting like a dick won’t make yours any bigger.

5. Making them feel bad

Okay, I’ll admit… I wouldn’t hold out long for a transphobe to suddenly feel bad, but somethimes you need a comeback that’s not quite so aggressive.

6. Transphobic responses: not interested in your opinion, beeeeaaaatch!

Variations:

1. If you’re waiting for me to care, you better pack a lunch. It’s gonna be a while.

7. Know what’s funny? Not you, so shut up!

8. I’m sorry, I didn’t order a glass of your opinion.

9. I’m sorry…I think you mistook me for someone who gives a shit!

And now let’s finish this little tutorial with my personal favorite.

10. Wow…your asshole must get jealous with all the shit that comes out of your mouth!

Okay, girls…ciao ciao… and if you wanna refute transphobic claims about transwomanhood, I recommend you read Felix’s excellent little book.

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How to respond to an insult with comebacks

You know them when you see them, and arrogant people with their snotty attitude can negatively affect your day unless you’re armed with one or more of these 9 comebacks.

An arrogant person has decided to believe that they are somehow superior to you. However, we are all equal human beings with differences that are no more or less valuable.. How you respond or react to these people when you encounter them can affect your peace of mind. Your response to an arrogant person is also a reflection of your integrity as a person. So will you be a person who stands up for him or herself?

9 Comebacks For Dealing With Arrogant People

Arrogant people share the following traits with narcissistic personality disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV, which is used to diagnose psychological problems:

  • Believes that he or she is ‘special’ and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
  • Requires excessive admiration.
  • Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.
  • Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
  • Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

1. ‘Now what makes you say that?’

This comeback is intended to help the arrogant person identify the rationale behind the generalization, stereotype, or put down that they just used. We hope that they can realize that they made a negative statement that is being called into question, and will stop once they have been called out on their behavior.

How to respond to an insult with comebacks

2. ‘Ouch.’

Well, if they’re hurting feelings, be they yours or someone else’s, call it like you see it. This is hurtful language that the arrogant person is using and this comeback can help them to realize the harm that they are doing.

3. ‘You know my mother is ___, right?’

An arrogant person is more likely to single out a group of people by race, sexual orientation, education, etc. and talk about negative stereotypes. The reason for this is that by putting others down, the arrogant person is attempting to elevate himself by comparison.

You can quickly put a stop to the negative talk by implying that someone close to you is a member of the group that the arrogant person is belittling. This shocks them into the realization that their negative talk is not going to be tolerated, but is insulting to you personally as well. A quick apology and exit by the rude person is likely to follow.

4. ‘Are you aware that there are other points of view?’

You and everyone else is entitled to their opinion, but the arrogant person needs to realize that their negative opinion of others does not hold true for other people.

5. ‘Tell me again why you are superior to ____?’

Arrogant people believe themselves to be better than another person, so let’s have them explain why we should treat them differently. This could result in some interesting answers, but more likely you’ve made them squirm uncomfortably since you pretty much said ‘You are not superior to that other person.’

6. ‘I would appreciate it if those were the final words you say on this topic.’

Let’s end that conversation as rudely as the arrogant person started it. This comeback is intended to put an end to their hateful words, but then again, arrogant people like to hear themselves talk so you might need to be more obvious about it with this next one.

7. ‘You need to stop talking now.’

Ending the conversation with an arrogant person could be as easy as leaving. But leave them with something to think about before you go. It is entirely possible that you will have no impact whatsoever on the arrogant person though. That’s because they obviously think highly of themselves in spite of the evidence of their meanness.

8. ‘I’m sure you didn’t mean for that to sound so arrogant, right?’

This comeback assumes good intentions, even if you have no evidence that they have good intentions. This language actually allows the arrogant person a way out, by saying that no of course they did not mean to sound rude. But it also makes it clear that you refuse to play their game of belittling others.

How to respond to an insult with comebacks

9. ‘Do you realize how arrogant you sound when you say things like that?’

Call them out on their arrogant behavior and let them know that you find it completely unacceptable. Psychologists who study personality traits say ‘Modest people are not preoccupied with themselves; arrogant people have an inflated view of themselves.’

In one scale of personality traits, arrogance is associated with being calculating or manipulative toward others in a social situation.

Have you ever been hit by the spotlight of laughter, embarrassed and defenseless, not knowing how to respond to the insult? Did you just looked down, took a deep breath and let the “Joker” get away with their mean insults towards you? I don’t want to know how long have you been living without a database of good comebacks, but this article is bound to help you build one or enrich your aged collection of insults and comebacks, so you’ll be well-prepared to make the next insult-attempt of a troll or a joker back fire in a grandiose way.

People are mean, we all know that, and they like to make jokes at someone else’s expense. We’ve all been insulted and didn’t respond properly with equally mean comebacks as we should’ve. But you can always change the way you respond to their mean, witty and good insults. The recipe to coming up with good comebacks for jerks or good comebacks for shut up is to feed your brain with all kinds of funny comebacks. When you’re being insulted, your brain activates the self-defense system and tries to access its part where the best comebacks you know are hidden. At the beginning, the process seems too long, but over time, it gets quicker and quicker.

How to respond to an insult with comebacks

Behold, victims of trollers and jokers, it’s time to have your revenge! They may have done it once or twice before, but not anymore. Thanks to blog happens here’s a list of good comebacks to turn the tables and spare yourselves from being laughed at ever again.

  • If laughter is indeed the best medicine, you should travel around the world and cure people.
  • Why are you rolling your eyes? Are you looking for your brain somewhere back there?
  • If you keep talking, I’ll add a new reason on my reasons-to-kill-myself list.
  • Excuse me, I’m busy right now, can I pretend listening to you some other time?
  • Copernicus called and said that you’re not the center of the universe.
  • Can you hear that? It’s the sound of NO ONE CARING!
  • Don’t let my yawning stop you talking. I only do that when I’m intrigued.
  • Were you born this dumb or you took lessons for being stupid?
  • Oh, I’m talking like an idiot? Have you ever thought that it is the only way you could understand me?
  • I really like your approach, but I’d always prefer your departure.
  • You think I’m insulting you? Gosh, I’m just describing you.
  • Do you remember the time I asked for your personal opinion? ME NEITHER, so shut up!
  • I would slap you right now, but I don’t want to get my hands dirty.
  • At least plastic surgery can improve my look, but you’re going to live your whole live with your stupidity.
  • People from circus called. They asked for their clown back.
  • I would like to get back at you, but the nature seems to have taken all of the pleasure.
  • You DO have brain? Then why aren’t you using it?
  • I’d much rather live on a lonely island, all by myself, than be anywhere near babbling freaks like you.
  • I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings by calling you stupid, but I thought you already know that.
  • Your face looks like it caught fire and you tried to put it out by slamming your head against the wall.
  • A little kid who still eats alphabet soup and dreams of becoming an astronaut can provide a smarter statement than you.
  • If I were a police officer, I’d put you in jail for disturbing the peace.
  • Try getting a life online. Maybe there is an online store that sells cheap and unused lives.