The flair of a good insult
50+ Old Fashioned Insults We Should Bring Back
Our storehouse of insults could surely use replenishing, and for this re-stocking operation there’s no better place to go than the slang of the 19th century – a time of truly colorful and entertaining verbiage. These old-fashioned put-downs have a flair that modern insults lack — they’re clever, nuanced, descriptive, and quite amusing (at least to the issuer and those who overhear, if not to the receiver!).
Posted by Jill Fallon at September 12, 2016 11:37 AM
Afternoon Farmer - A laggard; a farmer who rises late and is behind in his chores; hence, anyone who loses his opportunities.
Cad - A mean fellow; a man trying to worm something out of another, either money or information.
Duke of Limbs - A tall, awkward fellow.
Fussbudget - A nervous, fidgety person.
Fribble - A trifler, idler, good-for-nothing fellow; silly and superficial.
Gadabout - A person who moves or travels restlessly or aimlessly from one social activity or place to another, seeking pleasure; a traipesing gossip; as a housewife seldom seen at home, but very often at her neighbor’s doors.
Gasser - Braggart.
Ginger-Snap - A hot-headed person.
Grumbletonian - A discontented person; one who is always railing at the times.
Poltroon - An utter coward.
Nincompoop - A fool.
Stingbum - A stingy or ungenerous person.
Wrinkler - A person prone to lying.