Impertinence

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Impertinence

Impetuousness (See RASHNESS.)
Bunny, Bugs
cartoon character who is impertinent toward everyone. [Comics: Horn, 140]
McCarthy, Charlie
dummy who is impertinent toward master, Edgar Bergen. [Radio: “The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show” in Buxton, 76–77]
Pierce, Hawkeye
wisecracking medic with an insult for everyone. [TV: “M ° A ° S ° H” in Terrace, II, 71–72]
References in classic literature ?
I fear it will be considered an act of impertinence,' said 'to presume to look at a picture that the artist has turned to the wall; but may I ask -'
To the former her raillery was probably, as far as it regarded only himself, perfectly indifferent; but to the latter it was at first incomprehensible; and when its object was understood, she hardly knew whether most to laugh at its absurdity, or censure its impertinence, for she considered it as an unfeeling reflection on the colonel's advanced years, and on his forlorn condition as an old bachelor.
But all here were free from such impertinence, not only those whose company is in all other places esteemed a favour from their equality of fortune, but even those whose indigent circumstances make such an eleemosynary abode convenient to them, and who are therefore less welcome to a great man's table because they stand in need of it.
Clutton, characteristically, had nothing ready, and he was very scornful of the two heads that Lawson sent; they were obviously the work of a student, straight-forward portraits of models, but they had a certain force; Clutton, aiming at perfection, had no patience with efforts which betrayed hesitancy, and with a shrug of the shoulders told Lawson it was an impertinence to exhibit stuff which should never have been allowed out of his studio; he was not less contemptuous when the two heads were accepted.