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    Speaking of Insults

    50+ Old Fashioned Insults We Should Bring Back


    Below we’ve put together 50 of our favorite old-time put-downs, with their original definitions pulled directly from dictionaries published more than a century back (with some slight tweaking for added clarity). Some have gone completely extinct from our language, while others are merely endangered; you may have heard them before, but they’re terribly underused. All are worthy of a revival.

    And as a bonus, we’ve also included a section of unique insults issued by none other than Theodore Roosevelt — a man who never suffered fools, or white-livered weaklings, lightly.

    1. Afternoon Farmer
    A laggard; a farmer who rises late and is behind in his chores; hence, anyone who loses his opportunities.

    2. All Hat and No Cattle
    An empty boaster; a man who is all talk and no action.

    3. Blunderbuss
    A short gun, with a wide bore, for carrying slugs; also, a dumb, blundering fellow.

    4. Cad
    A mean fellow; a man trying to worm something out of another, either money or information.

    5. Chatterbox or Clack-Box
    An excessive, incessant talker or chatterer. “Clack-box” is the more derisive variation.

    6. Chicken-Hearted
    Cowardly, fearful.

    7. Chuckle Head
    Much the same as “buffle head,” “cabbage head,” “chowder head,” “cod’s head” — all signifying stupidity and weakness of intellect; a fool.

    8. Cow-Handed
    Awkward.

    9. Death’s Head Upon a Mop-Stick
    A poor, miserable, emaciated fellow. He looked as pleasant as the pains of death.

    10. Duke of Limbs
    A tall, awkward fellow.

    11. Dunderhead
    Blockhead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawgrider View Post
    50+ Old Fashioned Insults We Should Bring Back


    The rest here- https://www.artofmanliness.com/artic...ld-bring-back/
    Very good. I love me some Shakespearean insults...

    “Thou lump of foul deformity”
    Richard III (Act 1, Scene 2)

    “That poisonous bunch-back’d toad!”
    Richard III (Act 1, Scene 3)

    “I am pigeon-liver’d and lack gall.”
    Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2)

    “Peace, ye fat guts!”
    Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 2)

    “Here is the babe, as loathsome as a toad.”
    Titus Andronicus (Act 4, Scene 3)

    “Thou cream faced loon”
    Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 3)

    more here
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    Couple of my favs


    Gasser
    Braggart.

    Milksop
    A piece of bread soaked in milk; a soft, effeminate, girlish man; one who is devoid of manliness.

    Skinflint
    A miser; a covetous wretch, one who, if possible would take the skin off a flint.
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    I liked some of Theodore Roosevelt's insults. “Fragrant man swine” caught my eye. I would like to use it in a sentence: That big boring baby is a fragrant man swine!! I am sure those descriptive words would not fit anyone on this forum, though....
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