We all love a good, catty insult, right? Of course we do – in fact, there’s even ‘research’ to prove it:
‘My dear you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly’: Winston Churchill tops poll of history’s funniest insults
Winston Churchill’s ability to lift the spirits of the British people in times of adversity were, however, neatly balanced with a sparkling line in withering put-downs.
Now Churchill has topped a poll of history’s funniest insults with a famous jibe directed at either the socialist MP Bessie Braddock or the Conservative Lady Astor, the first female MP (depending on which version of the story you hear).
When accused by one of them of being ‘disgustingly drunk’ the Conservative Prime Minister responded: ‘My dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.’
Unsurprisingly, the story also ran in the Daily Mail – themselves no stranger to insults:
Churchill tops poll of history’s funniest insults with ‘My dear you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly’
When Winston Churchill was accused of being drunk by socialist MP Bessie Braddock he knew exactly what to say.
And the former Prime Minister, who was famed for his wit, has topped a poll of more than 2,000 Britons to find history’s funniest insult.
While the opportunity to rake up old insults – plus the chance to have a heartwarming photo of good old Mr Churchill – is one the newspapers scarcely need an excuse for, the article is still merely a piece of PR nonsense:
As well as the scathing Mr Churchill, the Daily Express reported that other household names including Barack Obama, Groucho Marx, Noel Gallagher and Elizabeth Taylor also made the top ten of the poll, which was commissioned to mark the Blu-ray release of the LIberace biopic Behind The Candelabra.
This may seem like something of an unusual paymaster for this particular story, until we spot who occupies position three in the list:
Liberace himself makes an appearance at number three in the list with his response to a critic: ‘Thank you for your very amusing review. After reading it… I laughed all the way to the bank.’
I imagine the PR company behind this are also laughing all the way to the bank.