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SCREENINSULTS.COM is based on the book The Encyclopedia of TV & Movie Insults: Putdowns, Paybacks and Other Foul Phrases from the Cinema and Television (2007) written by Jerome A. Holst, the owner and operator of this web site.

The web site offers an A-Z listing to Movie or TV Show titles. Each entry includes a short summary that describes the situation behind the put-down or insult; the names of the actors and characters mouthing the phrases; as well as the source of the phrase, be it from a motion pictures or television. Each title is accompanied by a small image icon that tells the visitor to the site whether the entry is from a Movie or TV Series.


Hollywood writers have known for years the impact of a well-written put-down, a glorious payback and the stark effectiveness of a foul phrase or two to make a point and move a story along. Who can forget the final scene of the western Shane (1953) when Alan Ladd says, "You're a low down Yankee liar" to Jack Palance; or the legendary "You dirty rat!" attributed to actor James Cagney; and more recently Arnold Schwarzenegger's steely payback of “Hasta la vista, Baby" in the sci-fi classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

These and other phrases (which often become signature trademarks) surely at one time or another made each one of us grimace in disgust or cock our elbows back in delight. As Beavis & Butt-Head might say, "Huh, Huh, Insults rule! Yeah! Yeah!"

Parental Advisory Message

With this in mind, I have gathered together a collection of put-downs, paybacks, pejorative nicknames and other foul phrases from classic movies and television. From the bigoted remarks of TV’s Archie Bunker, to the menacing paybacks of film land’s ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan, SCREEN INSULTS.COM takes the reader on a bumpy ride through the slings and arrows of outrageous affronts. At a glance, one can relive all the anger, bigotry, meanness and hate that Hollywood has to offer.

The phrases in this web site were chosen because they make fun of, tease, belittle, degrade, humiliate, hurt, intimidate, mock, mortify, scare, shock or bring disrespect or harm to a person’s mental, spiritual or physical well being. For example, racial slurs, sexist remarks (chauvinistic or misogynistic sentiments), pejorative nicknames, belittling put-downs, death threats, etc. In other words, the phrases were selected because they could produce such reactions as “Yuck!” “Ewww!” “Geeze, that isn’t very nice.” and “Alright! That jerk got what he deserved!”

 "Well, I've never been so insulted in my life"
 [Looking at his watch] "Well, it's early yet."
- A Day at the Races (1937)


This web site is dedicated to my father, Norman Richard Holst, Sr., and my mother, Mary Louise Rheaume Holst. Married for 60 years, my parents raised nine wonderful children. They leave behind a legacy of love and caring, which even now, continues through their many grandchildren.


SCREEN INSULTS would not have been possible if not for the many creative people in Hollywood who dedicated their lives to producing the films and television shows that entertain the masses. Therefore, the author would like to thank the following:

  • All the TV Networks
  • All the Movie Studios
  • All the Technicans (Lighting, Sound, Prop, Art and Scenery)
  • All the Actors & Actresses
  • All the Writers, Directors and Producers

About the Owner of the Website:

Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst received his undergraduate degree in Art History from Temple University. He later earned graduate degrees in Library Science from California State University in Fullerton and the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Mr. Holst is also the webmaster of TV ACRES, a huge archive of television facts that chronicles TV programs from the 1940s to the present. Besides a webmaster, Mr. Holst is the author of the children's books Norman the Troll and Norman the Troll and the Haunted House.

Mr. Holst currently lives in Southeast Ohio in the charming village of Stockport, located on the western bank of the Muskingum River.

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