“My dear, you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober, and you will still be ugly,” Winston Churchill, who tops a British poll for best put-downs, once told a fellow member of parliament. Bessie Braddock, an ardent socialist, had accused Churchill as he was leaving the House of Commons one night in 1946 of being “drunk and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk.”
Other favorites in the poll:
“You can put lipstick on a pig…it’s still a pig,” Barack Obama’s comment on the shift in McCain-Palin campaign strategy in 2008. Sarah Palin had quipped at the Republican National Convention that the only difference between a pit bull and a soccer mom is lipstick.
“Thank you for your very amusing review. After reading it…I laughed all the way to the bank,” Liberace once told a critic.
“Well, at least he has found his true love — what a pity he can’t marry himself,” said Frank Sinatra about Robert Redford.
“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses”: Elizabeth Taylor.
“She got her good looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon”: Groucho Marx.