Of all the digs I’ve ever received, I definitely didn’t dig most of them. It’s hard to dig a dig when the digger did a dig at you and that dig dug deep. Or, translated back into English; sick burns are fun, but not so much when they’re at your expense. Take this example from playwright and TV writer/producer Lisa McGee:
What’s the best sly dig you’ve ever received? In my early twenties a guy told me I inspired him to be a writer because he’d seen one of my plays and it was so terrible he thought he definitely could do better. Stunning work.
— Lisa McGee (@LisaMMcGee) April 24, 2020
Turns out, Lisa’s not alone. At all. Over 1,000 replies came in with people contributing their own stories of sly digs that have stuck with them over the years and they are BRUTAL. Check out just 10 of the most prominent examples here.
13. Politically incorrect
Was this person from Victorian England?
I was asked once if a man helped me with my weekly column, as it was ‘very political for a woman’
— Allison Morris (@AllisonMorris1) April 24, 2020
12. A class act
Good to know we’re worth so much in the eyes of others.
A man once tried to chat me up with the lovely compliment that if I were a prostitute, I would be an expensive high class hooker.
— Alexa Brown (@alexabrown) April 24, 2020
11. Cheers, big nose
Gee. Thanks. I appreciate that.
A girl at the dancing was crying because her bf was looking at other girls and it made her feel ugly. I was busy telling her she had nothing to worry about because she was beautiful and she said “I wish I was like you and didn’t care about my looks” aye cheers big nose.
— Lydiateapot?????????Ⓜ️ (@Lydiateapot42) April 24, 2020
10. The plain truth
Is this what the kids call “negging?”
When I first started going out with my now husband, his mate said to me, “It’s weird, because there’s something quite sexy about you, even though you’re really plain.”
He was a journalist and got sacked for getting pissed and heckling Julian Simmons at an awards do.
— Lee Montgomery (@leehotmess) April 24, 2020
9. Consolation prize
What one has the other clearly lacks.
Once complimented a friend on her appearance. To which she replied “well you’ve got a lovely personality”
— Bianca Shead ?? (@Bee_anchor) April 24, 2020
8. Two birds, one stone
This is some Mean Girls level stuff.
Met my older sister’s arch nemesis from school about 10 years after we finished. “Oh Rachel, your face has really filled out, you look just like Jenny.” One sentence, two sisters insulted. She had skills
— Rachel Collins (@OrrCollins) April 24, 2020
7. No reason
Is my attractiveness really such a mystery?
‘Director at a wrap party: ‘You know, when I first met you I really fancied you…and I couldn’t figure out why.’
— Lucy Dwyer (@skiddlyboooo) April 24, 2020
6. A fitting remark
You’d be lethal if you kept up those burns.
I’ve had that a few times. As well as “You’d be lethal if you were fit.
— Suki Zoë (@iamsukizoe) April 24, 2020
5. A true trailblazer
Do you have the courage to have dumb hair?
About a recent haircut “It’s not fashionable but you went for it anyway, good for you.”
— the white feather (@john_heyes) April 24, 2020
4. Picture this
I guess it really and truly was her day.
My wife put up a slew of our wedding photos across the lounge, none of which featured me.
— James Smoker (@JPSmoker) April 24, 2020
No, it’s Becky.
When I was just coming out a drama school I met with an agent who said, ‘I think you might be successful… but not straight away… because you’re attractive enough… but you’re no Taylor Swift darling’.
— Jennifer Kirby (@JenniferKirby08) April 24, 2020
2. Mansplaining world championship
Dude, she can hear you.
A man in a bar, to my husband, talking over me:
Hey, how does she know so much about football?
I’ve been a professional sportswriter for 12 years.
— Maggie Hendricks (@maggiehendricks) April 24, 2020
1. Utterly brutal
I’m speechless on this one. I’ve got no words.
A close relative said to me “it’s such a shame your illness put a stop to your lovely little career, but of course, none of us thought it would last anyway; It must be nice to have disability to blame, rather that your looks”
— Annabelle (@EvertonianCamel) April 24, 2020
How DAMN it’s amazing just how deep a dig can go. Be careful what you say to each other, it might matter a whole lot.
Do you have a story like this?
Tell us about it in the comments, ya dig?