Last week’s post involved some lost words I thought we should consider reviving from Susan Kelz Sperling’s fascinating book, Poplollies and Bellibones. In the comments section, This post features some words nobody would want to be called. Though I'm not a big fan of crassness or name-calling, I do find some joy in these words. I hope you will, too.
breedbate – one who starts quarrels for the joy of it
rutterkin – a crafty, misleading swindler
hufty-tufty – a man so full of himself he’s compelled to brag non-stop
fopdoodle – a fool, a simpleminded & insignificant individual
lickspittle – a toady or fawning subordinate (much like last week’s lickspigot)
wallydraigle – a trifling, weak and ineffective or slovenly person
a nose of wax – this refers to a person so weakly fickle s/he will accommodate others at any cost, even to the point of denying those things or people most important to him/her
smellsmock – a womanizer, a lecher, a man with roving eyes & more
Though I’m certain anyone reading this post is 100% sweetness & light, please imagine briefly that you were the sort who might use such crass words as these. Which one(s) would you most want at your disposal?
My thanks go out to this week’s sources: The OED, Etymonline, The Free Dictionary, The Times, Thought Catalogue, & The Mad Logophile, & Susan Kelz Sperling’s Poplollies & Bellibones – A Celebration of Lost Words
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