Some More Archaic Insults

Nicholas C. Rossis

Friends, Meddler | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksSeeing how much you all enjoy archaic insults, here are some more, courtesy of

  • Gobermouch: an old Irish term for someone who meddles in other people’s business. That classic Friends scene would be quite something with goubermouch instead of meddler, wouldn’t it?
  • Gnashnab: Someone who complains all the time; a nitpicker.
  • Stamcrab: Someone who’s clumsy and heavy of foot. Also, a great band name.
  • Whiffle-whaffle: Someone who wastes a lot of your time.
  • Zooterkins: A 17th-century variant of ‘zounds.’ An expression of surprise or indignation. Not so much an insult as much as what you’d yell back after someone insults you:
    17th-century Person A: “You’re such a stamcrab!”
    17th-century Person B (gasping incredulously): “Zooterkins, Sir! Zooterskins!”
  • Sounderkite: The Victorians even made insults sound fun. In this case, calling you an idiot.
  • Bedswerver: No, not someone who swerves and cuts you…

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