How to Insult People Without Being Mean

Okay, so, there is a good chance that this will come up in life, especially when talking to boys. You'll find that you end up in an insult war, a joke-y insult war. It's okay to insult back! But make sure that they know you're just joking!

Steps

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    Choose your person wisely! Sometimes, someone will insult you, and you insult them back, and they'll get all upset. Usually you can tell who is okay to insult and who isn't. Make sure you know that this person is okay to insult!
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    Have a Joke-y Tone! Make sure you have an enthusiastic and happy, joke-y tone. If you have a serious tone they'll think you are not joking! Make sure you make it obvious you're joking!
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    Be prepared to apologize! You never know, even if you think they're not the kind of person to get upset, and if you ensure you're joking, you have to be ready to apologize. A good apology! Make sure, you include that you were only joking and you didn't mean to offend them. Also, make sure you cover up the insult with a compliment on the same thing, for example, if you're insult was "You're top sucks" then you should include (even if it's a boy) that they're top looks awesome!
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    Don't have serious insults! No big ones like "You're the worst person on earth" because, even if they act all happy, they could be upset on the inside, just little one's like "Seriously, that's the hairstyle you're going with?" and remember, even though this was already said, make sure you say it in a joking matter!
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    Don't do the same insult everyday! Say if you said "You have a bad hairstyle" one day and then said it the next day, they'll think they really do have a bad hairstyle and get self-conscious! So, try not to use the same insult on someone over and over, it could also show you aren't very good at insulting people!
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    Be nice! If you just choose one person to insult, and do it frequently, make sure that when you're not insulting them, you're being nice to them, they'll then know that you really are just kidding and they'll want to be your friend
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    Don't be always insulting people! Especially if it's your friend or someone you want to be friends with, even if they know you're kidding, they'll find it annoying that you're always insulting them. One insult war to one person a day is the maximum, go over this and you may be annoying, unless, of course, They start the war, then you can proceed!
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    Have fun insulting! Just follow these rules and be careful!

Warnings

  • Even if you follow these rules, you may come across as mean, just be really careful. if you find yourself thinking you're mean, you most likely are, if so, it's time to dial it down or stop it all together!
  • If you do feel mean, and if people avoid you or call you mean (not in a joking matter) make sure you make it up to everybody, and prove to people that you were just playing around and joking, and that you really are nice!

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Categories: Conversation Skills