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Cassell Dictionary Of Insulting Quotations Paperback – 26 Jun 1997

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (26 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304349267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304349265
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A treasury of invective, spite and general bad feeling. A chunky pocket-sized edition of the perennial best-seller. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jonathon Green is Britain¿s leading lexicographer of slang. His many credits include the Macmillan Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, Slang Down the Ages, Chasing the Sun: Dictionary-Makers and the Dictionaries They Made, The Cassell Dictionary of Slang (published to great acclaim in December 1998), and most recently, the best-selling Big Book of Filth, a survey of 6500 sex slang words and phrases. Jonathon Green lives in North London.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Edwards on 7 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
There are some good quotes in this book but the compiler frequently fails to properly attribute the quotations and will resort to ‘American saying’ when in fact there is an identifiable source. Where he does identify the source he often fails to say where the quote can be found. This is just sloppy and lazy.
There are far too many unfunny quotes about national characteristics, most of which are not properly sourced and few of which I had ever heard of. There is a fine line between insults and racism and most of these quotes are too close to the line and would not be useable in speech or in print. Like many of the unattributed quotes many of these ‘sayings’ may be insulting but they lack wit. The book is organised by the subject of the quotation, which is helpful, but there are some surprising omissions.
A book to keep in the smallest room but not really much use anywhere else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Entertaining Read, But Could Be A Better Reference 21 Feb. 2001
By Sir Charles Panther - Published on
Format: Paperback
More than anything else, this is a very enjoyable read. The surprisingly direct, pointed, unvarnished, and invariably insulting things said by the famous about the famous are absolutely fantastic. Credit to author Green's and publisher Cassell's courage for faithfully reproducing these quotations, despite racist, anti-Semitic, sexist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, and borderline vulgar content. But then again, these ARE insulting quotations, so what do you expect? Keep in mind that this is NOT a dictionary of curses and abuse, so these insulting quotations are notable for their intelligence, wit, and insight.
The quotations are limited almost exclusively to English (British) and American quotations. I don't remember any quotations specifically cited as having been translated. I think the book would gain depth from relevant foreign quotations.
The quotations are almost all modern, that is dating mostly from the 19th century. There are some older entries, such as from (English) King John, William Laud, Kings Richard II and II, etc. There are a few entries from antiquity (Plato, Aristophenes, St. John Chrysostom, etc.), but not as many as I would have expected. Although gone for a couple of thousand years, I am sure the ancient Romans and Greeks had plenty of unpleasant things to say about one another and other subjects which would still be relevant and amusing today.
Regarding this book as a reference, it could be slightly better organized. There is no table of contents, but the index is extensive, listing quotation sources/authors as well as applicable subject areas. It is well cross-referenced, with the primary entries being highlighted in the index in bold. Some additional work, to include listings for source descriptions and the content of quotes would perfect the index. Example: Oscar Wilde is credited in a quote as an "Irish author, playwright, and wit" but there is no listing for this particular quote under "Irish," "playwright," or "wit."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great fun and a superb reference 18 Jan. 2002
By grahamer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The famous bad-mouthing the infamous - or something like that!
This book is hugely interesting, uproariously funny, outrageously vulgar in places, but true to the spirit of `tell it as it is'. After all, these ARE insulting quotations, so what do you expect?
Above all, you'll find quotations that are notable for their intelligent wit - like the book's cover, Churchill and Lady Astor...
Lady Astor: "If I were your wife, I would put poison in your coffee."
Churchill: "If I were your husband, I would drink it."
And many others - often in less direct form:- "Prince Charles is an insensitive, hypocritical oaf and Princess Diana is a selfish, empty-headed bimbo. They should never have got married in the first place. I blame the parents." (Richard Littlejohn, British journalist).
My favourite is what one British politician said of another... "He's a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
The indexing is a little lax but otherwise, `Insulting Quotations' is a must for any cynic's bookshelf.
No matter how highly you respect someone,there's bound to be someone who'll insult them. 11 Feb. 2014
By J. Guild - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can't imagine an insult that anyone might make about Einstein,well there's one in this book,but I'm not surprised it's Anonymous.Naturally,there are a lot of personalities insulted in this collection and by people you don't know much about,but that aside it still makes for good reading.Of course many of the insults can well be directed at more than one person.I think some of the best insults are those directed at ethnic grouips,usually by other ethnics.I was surprised how weak some of the insults were for absolute scoundrels,such as Hitler , Stalin or Idi min.But then again,they don't deserve to be insulted.
The book is heavily weighted with insults about British politicians,writers and Royalty.The cartoon on the cover is one of my favorite insults.Nancy Wilson Aster,a US born British politician decided to lay an insult on Winston Churchillwith;

Astor: Winston,if I were your wife,I would put poison in your coffee.
Churchill: Nancy,if I were your husband,I would drink it.
There is no insult better than a return insult to someone who attempts to insult someone of greater intellect.
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