9 Great Archaic Insults That’ll Baffle Whoever You Throw Them At

9 Great Archaic Insults That’ll Baffle Whoever You Throw Them At

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.

Read on for 9 great archaic insults that’ll baffle whoever you throw them at.
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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.
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I could have sworn this was a Dickens’ word too but it seems not. The word can be traced back as early as 1824 and entered popular usage in Victorian London to describe street children.
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Often used in reference to lawyers this word goes way, way back to the mid-1600s and, pleasingly, needs little explanation.
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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.
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This English word means the same thing however it is used, as a noun, verb or adjective. Cool, huh?
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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.
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Finally, an insult that derives from Shakespeare. ‘Chop logicke’ first turns up in Romeo and Juliet in 1597 and refers to anyone who involves themselves in specious argument. To be avoided.
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Do be aware that calling someone marmoreal, particularly one’s spouse, knowing that they have no idea what that word means is somewhat marmoreal in itself.
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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.

 

 


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