In the car we were all swapping retorts that we had learned at some point. I was most amused to learn that some that I learned sixty years ago were still in use among kids. Our joint list included:
- “I know you are but what am I?”
- “It takes one to know one.”
- “So funny I forgot to laugh so I think I will now…Hardee har har”
- “A skunk smells its own stink first.”
What I enjoyed most was that none of these were particularly cruel, malicious or shaming. Rather they turned the insult back on the one giving it. I welcome any mild examples to add to our very short list. But these have clearly stood the test of time.