Lost words of the crass variety
Last week’s post involved some lost words I thought we should consider reviving from Susan Kelz Sperling’s fascinating book, Poplollies and Bellibones. In the comments section, Rachel6 suggested that maybe at least one of the words I chose was better off dead. Her comment inspired this post, which features some words nobody would want to be called. Though the behaviors that inspired the words continue, it’s unlikely anyone will drag these words out from their graves & sling them in the direction of anyone alive today.
breedbate – one who starts quarrels for the joy of it
fopdoodle – a fool, a simpleminded & insignificant fellow
lickspittle – a toady or fawning subordinate (much like last week’s lickspigot)
wallydraigle – a trifling, weak and ineffective person, or a slovenly woman
rutterkin – a crafty, misleading swindler
a nose of wax – this refers to a person so weakly fickle s/he will accommodate others at any cost, even to the point of denying those things or people most important to him/her
hufty-tufty – a man so full of himself he’s compelled to brag non-stop
smellsmock – a womanizer, a lecher, a man with roving eyes & more
Though I’m certain anyone reading this post is 100% sweetness & light, please imagine briefly that you were the sort who might use such crass words as these. Which one(s) would you most want at your disposal?