If you really want to piss someone off, verbally assault them in front of other people. Having an audience makes any confrontation infinitely more dramatic then if you two were having a private disagreement. You can exchange the foulest oral assault, with phrases like cunt sucking dick hole being flung around, but if no one else is around to witness this display, chances are it will be a lot easier to let it go.
But if someone insults you in a public setting, then the pressure to defend your honor is inflamed. The scorching desire to attack back surpasses the pacifist in you, mostly because no one likes to look weak in front of others. Being part of an aggressive altercation is stressful, but more often than not, pride is more powerful then the fear.
I think this mentality is what got people into duels back in the day. A little shit talking while drinking malt barley liquor, and then all of a sudden you were back to back with someone ready to kill or be killed in the next 30 seconds. Slap the wrong guy with your glove and your dead by the end of the afternoon.
So in today’s post-modern times, this behavior has been replaced by Facebook fighting. Not quite as noble as taking 30 paces and then shooting some dude in the heart because he asked your lady for the time, but equally entertaining. Sometimes people are fighting on your news feed, which is quite a joy to stumble upon. You can go through the 64 comments, eat some popcorn, and count the “likes” to determine who won. Then there is the rare event when people fight on your wall, which feels like the ultimate battle royal. But alas there are also the times when someone writes fighting words to you, and that is when it is time to show the world what you are made of….
“Mama… I am in two Facebook fights on both computers. One is because my “friend” said I didn’t share in the sandbox which is so not true… I share some stuff, and the other is because this girl is trying to tell me that I keep screwing up my ABC’s… you know, the “m m m m p” part? Total BULLSHIT”