Illustration: Rocco Fazzari
EVER wish you could insult someone with all the punch and verve of former prime minister Paul Keating?
Now there's an app for that.
The Paul Keating Insult Generator has quickly become a hit. It generates Keatingesque insults and the mischievous missives can be emailed or tweeted.
''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.
The insults began flying in cyber space as more people downloaded the app.
''You dimwit, pansy, intellectual rust bucket,'' 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 put-downs.
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 the Senate as ''unrepresentative swill''.