use putdown in a sentence.
Upmodded for being a clever putdown.
Considering that the answer to the article's question is essentially "no," this is a weak putdown.
And they are best dealt with by ignoring them, not fielding a bunch of one-liner putdown attempts.
My favorite putdown ever received on an English paper: "eradicate that word from your vocabulary" stemmed to an arrow pointing at "paradigm".
It wasn't intended as a personal putdown, but a measured response.
He might be on ok writer if he'd stop using the hate, putdowns and verbal assaults as a crutch.
That doesn't seem odd at all, "who think they're building the next Google" looks like a typical internet putdown.
It's nothing more than a smug putdown.
This isn't an argument -- it's a putdown, and one that could just as easily be used to describe the cause of digital rights.
That is a pretty good putdown for anything the british might want to say.
Maybe not a putdown, but it's silly to view Apple's defining characteristic as their ability to assemble a device from available parts.
After the perceived slight from the conceptual poet, I would have pointed out that their question might not be a challenge or putdown but an invitation to a debate - best answered with another question.
Second, it's a not-particularly-subtle putdown that is tantamount to saying "YC don't know what they're doing".