Hobson: Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.
Hobson: Yes... You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness.
One of the many signs of our(cultural) decline these days has been that verbal insults are almost invariably sexual or scatalogical, provoking a blizzard of asteriks whenever A wishes to put a smackdown on B. Once upon a time it was not so. Once the ability to come up with a clever insult that could be remembered was thought an important, if not a necessary, component of being a gentleman.
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