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Insulting Words!

This time it’s personal.

We all know what it’s like to have our feelings hurt. We also know how easy it is to hurt the feelings of others. Geeze, why is everyone so touchy? Because, contrary to the phrase “sticks and stones,” words can be very hurtful, or they can at least describe a hurtful action. These offending words convey some mean-spirited, low-down, and downright nasty thoughts and deeds.

In this contest, we have six words that are used to describe these insulting words. Pick one and create an original GIF image that illustrates the definition of the word. Check out our examples of definition GIFs here.

GIFs are short moving images that loop continuously, so think carefully about your visualization. Your GIF must present both the word and part of speech graphically on-screen, like this. Get creative with looping, time manipulation, stop-motion or any other interesting film device.

The six words you can choose from in this challenge are: snide, jeering, curtly, affront, haughty, and sneer.

1) Snide (adjective) — mean

Snide is an adjective that means mean.

If a group of people are laughing and pointing at someone who just fell, it’s a good bet that their comments are probably snide. You might make a snide remark in the direction of someone who bumped into you and didn’t apologize. An older sister might shoot a snide look at her younger brother if he was being particularly bothersome.

Pro Tip: The origin of the word snide is unknown. It is thought to have originated as slang used by thieves in the 1850’s, but its original meaning was counterfeit, fake. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that the word meant mean, unkind.

Example: Her snide answer to my admittedly silly question made me feel even more embarrassed.

2) Jeering (adjective) — rude, taunting

Jeering is an adjective that means rude, taunting.

Have you ever tripped and fell, only to hear laughter from those around you? If they were laughing loudly at you instead of with you, it could be described as a jeering laughter. A referee who made a terrible call would have to deal with some loud jeering screams from the fans. Protesters might make jeering comments and sounds at the target of their disagreement. Jeering means usually loud, rowdy, and can often hurt your ears along with your feelings.

Pro Tip: The exact origin of jeer is unknown, but some people think it could be related to the word cheer. It seems like a good guess, after all jeering is almost like a negative version of cheering.

Example: The moment I fell to the ground I could hear jeering laughter. Someone had tied my shoelaces together!

3) Curtly (adverb) — briefly and rudely

Curtly is an adverb that means briefly and rudely.

Have you ever been so wound up that you snapped at someone? When your mom asks you if you’ve cleaned your room, and you quickly reply, “No,” you’re responding curtly. If you are standing in someone’s way in a very crowded area, that person might curtly say, “Move.”

Pro Tip: Curtly comes from the Latin word curtis, which means cut short, abridged.

Example: When I asked my teacher if I could hand in my book report three weeks late, she responded curtly.

4) Affront (noun) – deliberate or direct insult

Affront is a noun that means deliberate or direct insult.

When something says something that offends another person, it can be called an affront. It might be an affront if you call a short person “shrimp.” It would be an affront if you told someone that his moustache looked like a caterpillar was sitting on his upper lip. Being called a nasty name can also be considered an affront.

Pro Tip: Affront comes from the Latin term ad frontom, which means to the face, and the Old French word affronter, which means to slap in the face, insult.

Example: I didn’t mean to hurt his feelings, but apparently he took my fashion advice as an affront.

5) Haughty (adjective) — self-important

Haughty is an adjective that means self-important.

Someone who considers himself very, very important could be described as haughty. If you try to shoo a sleeping cat off your couch, it might give you a haughty look. A young princess who thinks she is very important might wear a haughty expression as she enters a ball. Someone who was once famous, but is now famous mostly in their own mind, might give a haughty response to a request for an autograph.

Pro Tip: Haughty comes from the Latin word altus, which means high, and the obsolete English word haught, which means noble, high-minded, lofty.

6) Sneer (noun) — a scornful look

Sneer is a noun that means a scornful look.

If someone is looking at you with a cruel smile, this could be called a sneer. A bully might give a sneer at someone she thought was deeply uncool. A driver might give a disrespectful sneer at a police officer who stopped him. If you were in a really bad mood, you might give a sneer at someone who accidentally bumped into you.

Pro Tip: Sneer most likely comes from the German word snerren, which means to chatter, gossip.

Submission requirements:

In your GIF image that is less than 2 MB, you must:

  • Choose one word from the list provided.
  • Show the word, part of speech, and definition graphically on screen throughout the GIF.
  • Clearly demonstrate the meaning of the word.
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.

Key Dates:

  • November 4, 2013 - Contest opens
  • November 25, 2013 - Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • December 23, 2013 - Winners announced on the Project ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

GIFs are evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: Your submission achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and Engagement: Your submission presents educational content in an artistic and innovative way.
  • Appropriate content: Your submission does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.
  • In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.


Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one submission in the Under 18 category and one in the Over 18 category. Finalists will also receive a prize. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced.

Official Requirements:

  • The image’s creator must be 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source film clips, images, or locations you use. To verify winning entries, participants will be asked to submit proof of proper clearances.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • If you are employed by a school you must ensure your entry into this contest is in compliance with your institution’s policies.
  • Please carefully read the complete rules listed in the Contest Terms.

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