Posted at 10:10 AM on May 7, 2008
by Jeff Horwich
You know, we are running out of insults.
Seems like when we were kids, we had a new cool insult word every week. (As someone often enough on the receiving end, I should know.) Dink, dork, dingleberry, dung beetle (science class was often a source for the insult-of-the-day). And those are just the D's.
As adults, the well dries up. We fall back on the same old standbys, like "jerk" and other more off-color options I can't write here lest I get a note from my boss.
Someone just flipped me a link to a list from Neatorama designed to give us some new (and printable!) options.
Lots of good nouns (I like "cacafuego" and "coccydynia"). But my favorite is probably one of the few verbs: "bescumber," meaning (ahem) "to spray with poo." Some possible applications I'm imagining:
(Thanks to Jo Easton for the link!)