We've all been in a situation where someone poked fun at us and we tried to think of the most epic comeback to get revenge and failed. But with a little help, you'll never find yourself in that situation again.
So, how do you think up the perfect comeback? Well thanks to Mental Floss, now we know.
Well first of all, don't focus on what you're about to say but rather what you're responding to. Your response will be more successful because you'll be able to respond fully to what the other person says as opposed to only addressing part of their statement because you were too busy thinking about something clever to say.
Next, don't overthink. If you overthink you'll take yourself out of the moment, and your response won't work as well.
Another thing you can do is rehearse your responses ahead of time. If you think about different comeback lines (or even research some), then when the moment comes for you to actually use a comeback, you'll remember the lines you rehearsed or thought about and deliver it perfectly in the moment. It's like a rapper who thinks and rehearses a freestyle before he performs, and then in the moment he's able to recall some of the best lines from his practice.
Also, you can lose your filter. Many people are worried to say something because they'll be judged. But if you really want to deliver the ultimate zinger, you'll need to just let it rip and not worry about the consequences (although we wouldn't recommend you take this approach with your boss or a person in authority).
And perhaps finally, take an extra second to think about what you're going to say. Is it actually funny or is it going to come out super lame? Take that second to make sure what you're saying is actually worth saying.
And most importantly, don't use George Costanza as a role model.
(h/t Mental Floss)