And now for something completely different: here are 15 old English insults we need to start using in everyday office language again. And not just because people won’t know what you are calling them – you’ll sound infinitely superior at the same time!
Origin: 16th century; the name of an imaginary plant that was supposed to cause sluggishness or stupidity, and ultimately came to be used as a nickname for a lethargic, fuzzy-minded person.
Origin: 17th century; term used to describe someone who is primarily concerned with the conservation of energy in an effort to postpone entropy; an idling, lazy good-for-nothing slacker. Literally, someone who seems to spend all day loitering in the sack, i.e. in bed.
Noun: someone who can’t make a decision or take a course of action to save their life; an indecisive, time-wasting ditherer; a sufferer of “analysis paralysis”.
Origin: 18th century English insult; someone who excessively complains yet is well aware of it; a grumbler; no one likes a gnashnab.
Noun: someone who interrupts a conversation to correct or contradict the person speaking; Germans call him a Besserwisser; most social groups have one. If you don’t know who it is in your circle of friends, maybe it’s you.
Noun: a disorganized or grubby person; Warcraft III players; not to be confused with raggaduffin, an adjective meaning braw or barry.
Origin: Victorian Engish; doing quisby means doing nothing, lazying around the office; a quisby is someone who shies away from work, especially on a Friday; something to call your wife as you’re about to leave the house for work.
Origin: a heavy-footed, clumsy person. Angela from accounting after she’s had a few too many cosmo’s with the girls; not the elephant from the Simpsons, that was Stampy. Don’t call Angela from accounting that, she’ll know who that is and she’ll slap you.
Origin: old English dialect; a word for someone who drawls or speaks indistinctly; someone who stutters or garbles their words, especially when excited, frustrated or drunk on a work night out.
Listed in the Oxford English Dictionary as a term for “a woman of gross or corpulent habit”; derived from fusty, in the sense of something that’s gone off or gone stale, and the plural lugs; a fat and lazy woman whose ass is the size of a geo metro.
Noun; an insignificant or foolish man. Someone who is pitied by Mr T.
Origin: old Irish slang; a nosy, prying person who likes to interfere in other people’s business. Being up in the mix where you DON’T belong, fool.
Old English noun: someone who lives beyond their means, or seems to spend extravagantly like a drunken sailor on shore leave. Genetically predispositioned offspring who throw cash away as fast as possible.
Origin: old English dialect; from scopperloit, a holiday or break from work. A scobblelotcher is someone who avoids hard work like it’s their job. Someone you regularly catch snoozing at their desk.