We Americans may imagine ourselves terribly clever—champions of snaps, slaps, and all manner of "yo' mama" refrains. But when it comes to cutting remarks, we're centuries behind our merry English brethren. Take, for example, the words of definitive dandy Beau Brummell when he felt the Prince Regent was slighting him. At a ball given by Lord Alvanley, he approached his host and the prince and quipped, "Alvanley, who's your fat friend?" Unsurprisingly, this occasioned an abrupt fall from favor.... More >>>