Illustration: Rocco Fazzari
Ever wish you could insult someone with all the punch and verve of former prime minister Paul Keating?
Well, now there's an app for that.
Published on Wednesday, the Paul Keating Insult Generator has quickly become a hit online.
The 99 cent app generates Keating-esque insults at the press of a button and the mischievous missives can be instantly emailed or tweeted to mates.
"Let all talk of scandals, slush funds, press galleries and SMS history fade away as you embrace the heady and intoxicating brew of a real political climate," the app's blurb says.
"When politicians were politicians, journalists were journalists and no one would have ever thought ABC24 sounded like 'a good idea'."
The insults began flying in cyber space as more people downloaded the app.
"You dimwit, pansy, intellectual rustbucket," was among them.
As was "You imbecilic caucus of political harlots".
Keating, who was Labor prime minister between 1991 and 1996, was well known for his colourful quips, one liners and putdowns.
He once described himself as the "Placido Domingo of politics" and labelled former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello as "all tip and no iceberg".
He also described former Liberal prime minister John Howard as a coconut who was glued to his seat and the Senate as "unrepresentative swill".