Here at Wordables we wouldn’t exactly want to condone insulting people but if you’re going to do it, you might as well use a really great word.
Like many old insults that no one has heard of since the 1800s, pecksniffian is a Dickensian invention. Mr Pecksniff is a character from Martin Chuzzlewit (1844) who spent his time prattling on about good morals and benevolence while going about various dastardly deeds in the background.
Nowadays this word is used to refer to a person who had made scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation but back in the day ‘scurrilous’ was used to describe shocking (but also funny) writings that used a lot of vulgar language.
There must be hundreds of colloquial terms that carry the same meaning as uxorious but there’s something about throwing a word with an x in it into conversation that can instantly make you feel righteous.
Say what you mean why don’t you? Widdiful comes from an old northern English and Scottish word, widdy, meaning a flexible branch used to fasten things together. Later ‘widdy’ came to refer to the hangman’s noose and led to the cheerful saying that one could be ‘born to fill a widdy’. Nice.