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Swearing-In: 25 Great ‘Veep’ Insults

In honor of the HBO satire’s Season Three premiere, here’s some of the show’s most scathing burns

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Over the course of two seasons, HBO's political comedy Veep has turned the act of insulting into an art form. Yes, you'll occasionally catch one of this satire's various senators, secretaries, suck-ups and even the put-upon V.P. (played by the incomparable Rolling Stone cover star Julia Louis-Dreyfus) indulging in something as simplistic as calling someone an "asshole." But thanks to showrunner Armando Iannucci and his writers — most of whom worked on the similarly scathing British-politico comedy The Thick of It and its cinematic offshoot, In the Loop (2009) — the series has offered up some of the most eloquent, complex and devastatingly hilarious shit-talking ever heard on TV. And with a Season Three storyline involving Selina Meyer prepping a Presidential campaign ("Operation: Lady POTUS"), chances are good that an even more rapid-fire slew of disses await as the stakes get even higher.

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So, in anticipation of the show's return on April 6th, we've compiled 25 of the show's most cutting, crass insults. (To be fair, a few of these are backhanded compliments — extremely backhanded — but we're counting them as affronts nonetheless.) Those easily offended should tread with caution. Everyone else, prepare yourself for some primo poetic put-downs. And be sure to check out the supercut version of this list as well.

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