Most English speakers do not have the writer's short fuse about seeing or hearing their language brutalized. This is the main reason, I suspect, that English is becoming the world's universal tongue: English-speaking natives don't care how badly others speak English as long as they speak it. French, once considered likely to become the world's lingua franca, has lost popularity because those who are born speaking it reject this liberal attitude and become depressed, insulted or insufferable when their language is ill used.
[At school] I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.
And boys, be in nothing so moderate as in love of man, a clever servant, insufferable master.(John) Robinson Jeffers
He was, on his plane, as insufferable as a Methodist on his.
I know not how it wasbut, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit? There was aniciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heartan unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime.
“That insufferable, dull-witted donkey! That ” Hardin broke in: “Not at all. He’s merely the product of his environment . He doesn’t understand much except that ‘I got a gun and you ain’t.’ ”Isaac Asimov
I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.max beerbohm
From my point of view, a great deal of openly expressed piety is insufferable conceit.robert a. heinlein
The word 'conservative' is used by the BBC as a portmanteau word of abuse for anyone whose views differ from the insufferable, smug, sanctimonious, naïve, guilt-ridden, wet, pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of the third-rate minds of that third-rate decade, the nineteen-sixties.norman tebbit
Mankind naturally and generally love to be flatter'd: Whatever sooths our Pride, and tends to exalt our Species above the rest of the Creation, we are pleas'd with and easily believe, when ungrateful Truths shall be with the utmost Indignation rejected. "What! bring ourselves down to an Equality with the Beasts of the Field! with the meanest part of the Creation! 'Tis insufferable!" But, (to use a Piece of common Sense) our Geese are but Geese tho' we may think 'em Swans; and Truth will be Truth tho' it sometimes prove mortifying and distasteful.
To cut off the uppermost skin of the secret parts is directly against the honesty of nature, and an injurious insufferable trick put upon her.
I was not unpopular [at school]... It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.max beerbohm
No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.