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7 of John Adams' Greatest Insults [Funny, but True]
mental floss ^ | Mark Mancini

Posted on 07/28/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper

A man whose wit was matched only by the looseness of his tongue, the combative John Adams quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and razor-sharp put-downs...

1. On Benjamin Franklin

“His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency.”

2. On Alexander Hamilton

“That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb!”

(Hamilton certainly wasn't above returning the fire.)

3. On Thomas Paine's Common Sense

“What a poor, ignorant, malicious, crapulous mass.”

(For more on their relationship, head here.)

4. On George Washington

“That Washington is not a scholar is certain. That he is too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station is equally beyond dispute.”

5. On the City of Philadelphia

“Phyladelphia [sic], with all its trade and wealth and regularity, is not Boston. The morals of our people are much better; their manners are more polite and agreeable... Our language is better, our taste is better, our persons are handsomer; our spirit is greater, our laws are wiser, our religion is better, our education is better. We exceed them in every thing, but in a market.”

6. On Thomas Jefferson

“His soul is poisoned with ambition.”

7. On John Dickinson

While working as a member of the American revolution's continental congress, Adams referred to one of his less-radical colleagues as “a piddling genius” in one of his letters—an insult which caused a good deal of uproar when the British intercepted and published the candid document. For a fictionalized account of the pair's tense relationship, check out this clip from HBO's 2008 John Adams miniseries:

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TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: 18thcentury; founders; quotes; writing
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To: SoFloFreeper

Did “crapulous” mean back then, what it means now?


51 posted on 07/28/2013 7:09:11 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Bobalu
not only in words but in pictures too

FReegards,


52 posted on 07/28/2013 7:23:59 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: Hiddigeigei

He was so privileged in so many ways but got gipped out of an education. But, I agree with you, it may have turned out to be an advantage.

It has to be a miracle that Washington, and so many of his generation, were there to establish this country. Talk about the greatest generation.


53 posted on 07/28/2013 7:25:51 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA
Talk about the greatest generation.

As they did then, when faced with extraordinary circumstances, the cream will rise. They always have. They will again.

54 posted on 07/28/2013 7:38:11 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: central_va

Agreed, an arrogant and unlikable typical yankee of puritanical stock who has never measured up to the Virginians who truly made this nation great...


55 posted on 07/28/2013 9:03:18 PM PDT by dunblak
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To: SoFloFreeper

What a prig......


56 posted on 07/28/2013 9:20:50 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: OneWingedShark

Yes, and his brother made good beer.


57 posted on 07/28/2013 11:41:56 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Sacajaweau

If it wasn’t for Washington—we would be singing the praises of baby George our king to be. We would be watching “Soccer” and “Dr. Who” on the ABBC. —and Obama would be waiting tables at Georgetown.


58 posted on 07/28/2013 11:48:11 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: SamAdams76

Well, vinegar is quite the healthy treat. And being hard prolly helped to justify the habit.


59 posted on 07/28/2013 11:55:17 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Walrus

I read John Adams, too. A splendid biography, but not an exhaustive work.


60 posted on 07/29/2013 2:45:26 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Tanniker Smith

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crapulous


61 posted on 07/29/2013 3:28:53 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The fact that book is not “exhaustive” does not constitute corroboration of the reputed statements.

Sources for the quotes?


62 posted on 07/29/2013 4:36:27 AM PDT by Walrus (America died on November 6, 2012 --- RIP)
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