The creator of a popular app that generates insulting phrases in the style of Paul Keating is seeking legal advice after he drew the ire of the former Australian prime minister.
The Paul Keating Insult Generator app creates Keating-esque put-downs in text at the press of a button, which can be instantly emailed or tweeted, AAP reports.
The app generates mischievous missives such as "you dimwit, pansy, intellectual rustbucket" and "you imbecilic caucus of political harlots".
Mr Keating, who was Labor prime minister between 1991 and 1996, was well known for his colourful quips, one-liners and put-downs.
But Dan Nolan, the app's creator, told AAP on Friday he was looking into the future of the app after he received a less-than-happy response from Mr Keating's office.
Mr Nolan said he was now seeking legal advice and "taking their concerns seriously".
Since it was published on Wednesday, the description of the app has been revised to clarify that Mr Keating had not uttered the phrases himself.
"Mr Keating has not authorised this application and has no association with it," it says.
Mr Nolan said he would be happy to have a friendly chat with Mr Keating to clarify the intentions behind the app.
A spokeswoman from Mr Keating's office was unavailable for comment to AAP.