How to talk back to a rude person: 15 easy comebacks you can use

Did someone just insult you in the most offensive way possible?

Did that person also have some kind of power over you?

If so, now is the time to show them who you are.

There’s no need to take that kind of behavior from anyone. Sure, it might be scary and a little nerve-wracking, but as they say, no pain, no gain.

If you think a rude comment doesn’t hurt you or change your life in any way – think again.

Every unkind word can leave a mark and impact how you see yourself and the world around you. But that’s not something anyone should be able to take away from you.

So here are 15 comebacks to use when dealing with rude people.

1) You’re full of it.

When a person is offensive to you, don’t hold back, call them on their bluff.

A funny thing about rude people is that they don’t always speak the truth and people rarely stand up to them.

They won’t know how to respond. You will leave them speechless.

Why would someone take their anger out on you?

You’d have to have done something, in particular, to make them suddenly feel like a terrible person.

If they were just being themselves, then you know there must be some reason behind it – otherwise, they wouldn’t feel the need to get this angry at you.

Would it be as easy to forgive someone who was just trying to be honest?

2) But I like you.

Regardless of how rude and awful someone is, you can always find a way to connect with them and remind them of their humanity.

An easy way to do this is to remind them that you enjoy their company.

If you’re willing to look beyond their nasty personality and see the person behind it, then there’s a chance they might feel something similar toward you and you can get past their rude words.

That’s the fun part in all of this – getting someone on your side instead of against you.

Sometimes, you can get someone to like you even more by being a little cheeky.

3) Oh yeah? Well, you’re ugly.

There’s nothing wrong with playing the game a little dirty, as long as it gets the job done.

If they are going to act like a child, have some fun back with them.

You can also use this comeback if they say something you don’t agree with or if they criticize something that you value highly.

It shows them that they are not just pushing your buttons – they are not getting under your skin in general.

It shows them how immature they are.

The best thing to do is ignore their words and let them know it doesn’t affect you at all – or maybe even make them feel bad for saying such a thing in the first place.

4) What would a jerk like you know about that?

It would be really easy for someone to judge you for something you don’t even care about.

After all, we all have our own beliefs and opinions, and it’s nobody else’s business to tell us otherwise.

But rude people always want to share their wisdom to make themselves look superior. Never let them get away with it! Instead of dwelling on the negativity, they spew out, give them a taste of their own medicine by pointing out how ridiculous they are.

But remember, this is not a time to be mean – just use it to get out of a bad situation.

But what if you could care less about what other people think?

Most of us never realize how much power we hold.

Instead, we gauge our value from others.

We look to society for ideas of what should make us feel important.

But what is the result?

We focus on things that don’t matter. And we lose track of our greater purpose.

This can cause a great deal of inner turmoil and suffering.

I learned this important lesson from the shaman Rudá Iandé.

His excellent free video, details how you can lift the mental blocks that keep you from the core of your being.

A word of caution – Rudá isn’t your typical shaman.

He’s going to challenge you. You will be asked to inwards and confront the parts of yourself that you typically like to avoid. It’s a powerful approach, to look right into the heart of our inner monsters and demons, but one that works.

If you are ready to start to align your dreams with your reality, there’s no better place to start than with Rudá’s unique technique.

Here’s a link to the free video again.

5) Well, I guess you’re just an ugly person.

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This comeback is best used when you don’t have the energy or time to make any sense.

This is for a person who doesn’t deserve your attention or any of your time.

If someone says something rude about your face, hair, or general appearance it’s a great response.

It can leave them confused because they won’t be able to tell if you are talking about their physical attributes or their personality. It’s perfectly vague.

While it might sound cruel, this comeback shows the person that they have no idea what they’re talking about and don’t know your true value as a person.

6) You look great too!

If someone insults your appearance, you can always hit back with a compliment on their appearance with sarcasm. Have some fun and say it with a smile.

This person will be left speechless without any comeback and you can walk away with your head held high.

This comeback is even better if they are wearing something you don’t like.

You can simply say, “Me too! I like what you’re wearing!”

This way you can look like a good sport, while also making the other person feel awkward and silly for their rude comment.

7) Are you always this rude to people?

If someone has insulted you and they are not someone you are likely to see again, this is one of the best comebacks you can use to put that person back in their place.

Ask them if they enjoy saying this often. They won’t have the chance to justify why they are acting the way they are.

They will most likely be taken aback by your question and be left without an appropriate comeback.

This is also a great comeback if you are someone who is usually on the receiving end of insults but you are finally fed up with others treating you that way.

This will not only show them that you are done with the insults, but it will also leave them with a taste of their own medicine.

8) I guess manners are just out of style, huh?

This is similar to “Are you always this rude to people?” except you are more likely to receive a comeback from it. It’s fun to try. Engage your inner child.

This comeback is best used if someone has insulted you with an insult that has to do with your overall character or your value as a person.

This is also a great comeback if someone has insulted you in public because it will leave that person embarrassed.

This person will most likely try to save face and move away from the situation as quickly as possible.

9) Why should I?

This comeback is best used when the rude person makes an insensitive comment or when they are constantly trying to get back at you. Again, they are unlikely to have a good answer.

It’s a simple question, and they will likely not have a reasonable answer.

Some people are just like that – rude and mean, with no care in the world for others and their well-being and they don’t know why they are putting hard and mean words on you.

They are what they are.

10) Is that so?

This comeback is used when the rude person makes a quick and sweeping remark. It can make them elaborate on what is bothering them. Sometimes it has nothing to do with you at all. They are just irritated.

Rude people are often the ones who think they’re smarter than everyone else.

By using this comeback, you can show them that you know better and you won’t stand for it.

This is also a great comeback when someone makes an off-handed comment or question, to shut them up before they have a chance.

11) Why don’t you leave me alone?

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This comeback is best used when a person keeps trying to make excuses for their bad behavior but doesn’t fix anything wrong with themselves or their life.

It shows how intrusive they are.

If a person keeps coming back and bringing up old wounds, you can use this comeback to stop them from dying in their tracks. Just call them out on why they are bothering you at all.

This is very useful when someone keeps pushing your buttons and you’re not sure how else to respond.

12) What makes you think I care?

This comeback is best used when someone insults you with something you really don’t care about or don’t even believe in.

Let them know their words hold little weight in your world. Sure you can listen, but caring is another matter.

It shows that you aren’t going to be pushed around by their insults and that no matter how much they try, it won’t affect the way you see yourself or others around you.

13) You’re just jealous!

This comeback is best used when someone makes fun of you for something you like or something that makes you happy. The truth is, they probably are jealous of your success or happiness.

It might be one of your friends and they might just be jealous of the news, or it could be someone else who doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Either way, this comeback will show them that their opinion isn’t worth anything to you and that their insults won’t get to you this time.

14) I guess so!

This comeback is best used when someone who has insulted or hurt you before tries to justify their words, or if they are telling lies about yourself.

It doesn’t mean much. Just some empty words in response to an empty insult.

Use this comeback against people in order not to take them seriously.

It also might catch them off guard because it is vague enough to make them think that you agree with them but will leave them feeling confused.

15) Do you think you’re a little too old to be acting like this?

This is another comeback used when someone has insulted your age, or if they are older than you and are doing something childish or not acting their age.

This comeback will show that even though you might be younger than them, they can still learn a lesson or two from you.

If they are older, it will point out to them that what they’re saying is rude and completely uncalled for.

Either way, they won’t know what to say back because the insult came at them so quickly and in such a way that’s hard to respond to.

Get your power back

Hopefully, these comebacks help you to stand up for yourself in a confident, yet respectful way whenever you are put in a situation where someone tries to put you down.

Most of the time rude comments don’t mean much. They just show that someone is struggling and wants to communicate how bad they feel inside and try to bring you down to their level.

Don’t overthink it. It’s just childish behavior.

You can take the higher road and move on with your day, or throwback what they are putting in your direction.

The best thing to remember when dealing with someone rude to you is that you don’t have to take their insults.

Don’t worry about it too much. Does it matter what they think?

You don’t owe anyone anything, so don’t let anyone make you feel like you do.

Words can be quite empty when they come from someone you don’t respect or care about.

So what can you do to feel more confident and care less about what other people say?

Begin with yourself. Stop searching for external validation. Let the words roll down your back.

Deep down, you know this isn’t working and your relationship doesn’t matter so much.
So stop treating it like it does.

Until you look within and unleash your power, you’ll never find the fulfillment you’re searching for. It won’t come from someone else. It has to come from within.

But how do you tap into this part of yourself?

Someone I look to is the shaman Rudá Iandê. He is dedicated and experienced in helping people restore balance to their lives. He has sound advice to help you unlock your dreams and inner potential.

In his excellent video, Rudá explains effective methods that you can use to achieve what you want in life, He can help you to be more focused, bolder, and engage with your power.

Then any insults and rude comments will have little impact on you.

So if you want to put passion at the heart of everything you do and align your dreams with your reality, start now by checking out his genuine advice.

Here’s a link to the free video again.

Remember that angry and mean people will rarely hang around if you stand up to them and shut them down right away.

You will always have yourself to take care of. That’s it.

These people in the long run don’t matter much. Just move on with your life.

If someone else tries to make you feel bad about yourself, don’t let them. Shut them down and get out of their way. Or if they refuse to leave your company, simply show them the door.

It’s all about how you carry yourself, not what you say.

If you can’t think of any comebacks at the moment, leave them with the only parting words they deserve – nothing.

And remember that sometimes silence can communicate the strongest message of all.

Nothing to worry about. Just go on living your glorious life.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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