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Historical insults from the Oxford Dictionary

FrankFrank ModeratorPosts: 5,354 mod
edited September 2016 in Chit Chat
Historical insults from the Oxford Dictionary

Have you ever insulted someone or are you planning to do so? Of course not! On this forum there are only nice people and undoubtedly you are one of them.

However If you ever feel the inclination to insult someone, the Oxford Dictionary offers you a few interesting historical insults. When you use these, you are at least original in the way you express yourself. It might be that your victim doesn't feel that insulted either because probably they don't have the slightest idea what you're talking about, especially when you convey your insult with a friendly amiable tone of voice.

How would you react if someone called you a flibbertigibbet, a foozle, a gammerstang, a grobian, a knuckylbonyard, a lollard, a lotterel, a mafflard, a shot-clog or a slubberdegullion? Don't these insults sound cute? It's up to you, what do you think?

Do you want to know what these insults mean? Read more about this at:
https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/02/historical-insults/
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  • NazerkeNazerke Posts: 80 ✭✭
    Now that I know means of all this insult word. So if someone insulted me, to be honest, I'd take umbrage. Interestingly, a lot of words google translate couldn't translate it.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    My father used to use the insult 'flibbertigibbet' @Frank and might even have called my sister this. Thankfully he never directed this insult at me!
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,354 mod
    It doesn't matter as long as you don't know what it means and it's spoken with a cute smile and a soft and tender voice. Then 'flibbertigibbet' could even sound as a compliment @mheredge. You surely could say to a small child something like: 'My lovely dear little 'flibbertigibbet' what have you done now [smile, smile, kiss, kiss]...' Doesn't that sound cute if you skip the original meaning?
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    It never sounded harsh @Frank. But then again, I think we were probably too young to understand what it meant.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,868 mod
    I always find it interesting to see how words have changed over the years. Some historical insults actually sound really funny now!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I heard the word 'shot-clog' in few TV series. Rest of them are new for me. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    Shot-clog? What does this mean @Bubbly? I've never heard this before.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge neither do I before I watched 'Suits'. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    What does it mean @Bubbly?
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    Obsolete slang! Maybe the phrase is making a come back then @Bubbly.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge may be in AmE. :) We come across many words in the old movies or TV series that seem new to us but they are obsolete. I wonder why people stopped using them.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    If you have only ever heard it in Suits, then I'm not sure it is necessarily in common usage @Bubbly.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Frank, you have forgotten my favourite 'coxcomb'. ;)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Well, @Lynne knows very well that I am a flibbertigibbet. ;)
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,354 mod
    edited October 2016
    Hmm, a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop. Forgotten...? I guess so @Xantippe. I'm sorry!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe I am sure you are familiar with many obsolete words as you are familiar with Latin. I intend not to focus on obsolete words, otherwise I will be gobbledegook.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2016
    @Bubbly, you could be the fiend's arch-mock if you used obsolete words. ;) Why not?
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  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe now I am thinking....! :/
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe this is a historical insult of Othello. You can use any word for it from the list mentioned above. ;)



    OTHELLO
    Dost thou hear, Iago?
    I will be found most cunning in my patience,
    But – dost thou hear? – most bloody.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    @Bubbly you can't be gobbledigook, but you can certainly speak it! It means gibberish (so you can't be gibberish, even if you speak it). It is also the same of a song which to me, sounds a bit like gobbledigook too.

  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge I cannot be till I read something that is pretty gobbledygook to me!:)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Bubbly, you already speak Bubblish. ;) And it is even more obscure than the kangaroo's soul. :D
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe the only issue is that Bubblish language is also a gobbledygook sometimes! ;)
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