Sorry about the two-day delay. This week we'll present some high-class insults with which to baffle your foes.
troglodyte – 1. a cave-dweller
2. one who is reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish
[from the Greek name of an Ethiopian people, influenced by trogle ‘hole’]
– T.C. Boyle, The Tortilla Curtain
excerebrose – brainless; having no brain
– Chris Noon, Lexis Nexis Exec Admits Hackers Took Control Of Database, Forbes, 03.10.05
Two rather archaic words:
recreant – 1. abjectly cowardly 2. disloyal (noun: a recreant person)
poltroon – an utter coward
[Italian, perhaps from poltro ‘lazy’]
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
I also remember a short storry … about the recreant son of an old family who recovered his courage and vindicated his tarnished honor …
– Thomas Wolfe, You Can't Go Home Again
Go back to your seat, you omadhaun, you poltroon, you thing from the far dark corner of a bog.
– Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
omadhaun – a fool, an idiot, a mentally backward person [Irish]
subdolous - sly; crafty; cunning
Today's quote is enjoyable, but query whether it uses the word correctly.
– San Mateo, California Times, Jan. 6, 1945
He was being sly, cunning, crafty, and ... artful. Well, whether or not he was artful is a matter of opinion. No? subdolous.
He probably wanted to get the hacks running for their dictionaries to look up "excrescence".
Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
I think my vote still goes to troglodyte as the best word of this kind. It feels so good rolling around in my mouth when I'm feeling uppity.
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
benighted – ignorant or unenlightened
– Robert P. George and David L. Tubbs, National Review, July 18, 2005
There was a young man so benighted,
He didn't know when he was slighted.
He went to a party
And ate just as hearty
As if he'd been really invited.
slubberdegullion – a slobbering or dirty fellow; a worthless sloven