Like instead of insulting you can say denigrating. I like that word. It has more viciousness to it. (See, I could have just said it's meaner, but vicious is, well... more vicious, duh.)
Plus they convey a meaning much more clearly and eloquently (see, better word than nicer).
I hate the word nice. Nice is so blah. It doesn't say anything. Bad is another one. Bad. What does that mean?
So, although I had to carry out my first ban today, which makes me kinda sad (can you think of a better word for that? - it's a test), I suppose I should thank the jerk I banned for giving me the opportunity to say denigrate.
He's still a jerk.