Can insult ever be an effective way to communicate?
The UKIP MEP Nigel Farage has been fined £2,700 for making disparaging remarks about the president of the European Council. Do you think the penalty is justified?
Mr Farage attacked Herman Van Rompuy for having the charisma of a "damp rag", looking like "a low grade bank clerk" and the fact that he was from Belgium. The parliament's president ordered the UKIP MEP to atone for the remarks but Mr Farage insists he will not say sorry and that he'll appeal the fine.
The attack on Vom Rompuy is another in a long list of public insults that have caught the public's attention, such as Vince Cable describing Gordon Brown as "having gone from Stalin to Mr Bean" to Simon Cowell's put-downs on shows like X-Factor.
What do you think of Mr Farage's comments? Can insult ever be an effective way to communicate? What similar examples can you think of? You can also send us a link to your favourite "put-down".