8 Timeless Playground Insults

“I know you are but what am I?”

Every once in a while, my kids will come up and mention something that was said to them at school. It is usually something familiar that takes me back to the grade school playground. I guess there are some insults that are timeless and never go out of style. These playground insults seem to be a rite of passage that are passed on from one generation to the next. Check out some of them below and let me know if they look familiar!

1. Yo Mamma jokes. For example “Yo momma is so fat, when she walked in front of the TV, I missed 3 commercials.”

2. Four Eyes

3. You Have Cooties!

4. Whoever Smelt It Dealt It

5. I’m Rubber and You’re Glue, Whatever You Say Bounces Off Me and Sticks to You.

6. Where Do You Buy Your Clothes? Goodwill?

7. Takes One to Know One!

8. Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones, but Words Will Never Hurt Me. (<- This is so untrue by the way!)


  1. All so true. Like, I know you are, but what am I?

    That's funny you put Pee Wee there. I always thought he was aiming his humor more at adults than kids with his retro comebacks!

  2. Oh the memories! My kids have their own twist on "I know you are, but what am I?" they say "What you say is what you are." sigh!

  3. Yes, you brought me back just a few years, but even though my kids are teens now, they still mess with each other using these jokes.

  4. HAHA I so remember those, in fact I've heard a few this week thanks to my children 🙂 Some things never grow old I guess.

  5. Very funny. My kids are homeschooled, so they don't hear these so much. When my daughter was younger she used to announce to anyone that liked her clothes that we got them at a garage sale, and she never understood why I found that amusing.

  6. Everyone shops are thrift stores here, it's a very hip and eco-friendly thing to do. My kids would never be insulted by that! HEHE!

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