A lot more nastier...

It has been my observation that since every person has some defect in personality or some flaw in character, all it takes is a sharp mind and a linguistic command to come up with an appropriate set of abuses which would exploit that weakness. So, next time, when you are about to bad mouth someone, whether in his/her presence or absence, keep in mind that a lot more nastier things can be said about you as well... and maybe, have already been.

I have also discovered that the above mentioned thought serves two purposes:

1) Inhibits any nastier thoughts you might have about other people.
2) Acts as a small means of consolation for those who have been a victim of this bad-mouthing.