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Proposed merger from Comeback (return insult)[edit]

We have problems with tone and reliability of references over at Comeback (return insult), and neither that article nor this one are overly long. What would people say to merging that article into this one? — Mr. Stradivarius 07:32, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

I made the article Comeback (return insult) because I first thought that wikipedia does not have an article like this. I don't really know anything about merging, but when we actually do it with this article, do you mean just to put the article into sections? 987li (talk) 05:17, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Merging means that we would take the content that we can use from the Comeback article and put it into this one somewhere, then redirect the comeback article here so that readers are sent here automatically. Have a look at WP:MERGE for details on what this entails. I'm afraid that when we merge we should probably trim out content referenced to unreliable sources such as Yahoo Answers, though. (Not to say that their content is false, just that it doesn't pass Wikipedia's guidelines for reliable sources, which are fairly strict.) Let me know if you have more questions, and I'll do my best to answer. Regards — Mr. Stradivarius 06:49, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Support merge - Yahoo answers is not a reliable source and can't be used for references. Consequently, there's actually very little at the article that can be merged here. Most of it is poorly written original research. --AussieLegend (talk) 11:32, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Well, now the only way to have the page not get deleted is to find a source that isn't on Yahoo answers (which most of them are to ask about how to create a comeback) or that shows examples of witty and clever comebacks, but now sources must be showing what exactly a comeback is, which very few websites have. 987li (talk) 14:16, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Really you should be looking at academic sources, for which a normal web search isn't going to be very useful. Have a look at this Google Books search and this Google Scholar search for a start. The Scholar results are pretty good, but it looks like most of the Books results are guides to creating comebacks rather than scholarly works. We could use those "how-to" books for a couple of examples, possibly, but it's not the main thing we should be using. One example I did find from Google Books was this one: [1]. There are more if you look on Scholar. Best — Mr. Stradivarius 16:09, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

When are we going to merge it?987li (talk) 03:56, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Merge done. There was already more information on comeback in this article than in the comeback stub. SilkTork ✔Tea time 18:21, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

Technical meaning[edit]

"Insult" is used in technical and scientific writing to refer to harm inflicted by a specific mechanism, e.g., chemical insult, radiological insult, fatigue insult, and the like. In most cases the insult depends on exposure intensity, temperature, time, and protection (e.g., shielding, distance from source).

Removed form the article. It there a chance to write something encycklopedic (with proper refernces) on the technical usage of the term? Staszek Lem (talk) 00:48, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Reverse situation[edit]

It there a term for when damning commentary is really complimentary? I'm asking specifically with regard to this:

Mark Twain (November 01, 2013) [First published in 1872]. "CHAPTER XIX. Roughing it". Roughing It. University of Virgina Library. Indeed, I have been obliged to look the bulky volumes of Wood's “Uncivilized Races of Men [sic] –The Uncivilized Races, or Natural History of Man (1868)– clear through in order to find a savage tribe degraded enough to take rank with the Goshoots. I find but one people fairly open to that shameful verdict. It is the Bosjesmans (Bushmen) of South Africa.... The Bushmen and our Goshoots are manifestly descended from the self-same gorilla, or kangaroo, or Norway rat, whichever animal-Adam the Darwinians trace them to.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

Pawyilee (talk) 14:50, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Pawyilee@ "Praising with faint damns" All the best: Rich Farmbrough01:40, 12 June 2014 (UTC).


  • Flout, Flouts, Flouted and Flouting

any better target? All the best: Rich Farmbrough01:40, 12 June 2014 (UTC).