The Irish have an gift of handing out insults veiled in a thin compliment.Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Irish are notorious for sharp tongues.

Here are ten of the best insults they can offer you.

1. You're as thick as manure but only half as useful.

2. A face that would drive rats from a barn.

3. You are seed, breed, and spawn of an English whore.
4. I never forget an Irish face but in your case I'll make an exception.

5. May you melt off the earth like snow off the ditch.

6. May your pipe never smoke, may your teapot be broke.

7. May your spade never dig, may your sow never pig.

8. May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat.

9. When you were born you were so ugly the nurse slapped your mother.

10. You're as sharp as a beachball.

*Originally published May 2011