You gouty-legged ninnycock! Language historian reveals the long-lost words that will help you swear like an Elizabethan



You would probably get a confused look in today’s world if you called someone ‘tarse’ or ‘nippy’, but it would have caused plenty of trouble centuries ago.
That’s because the unusual terms are among Britain’s best long-lost swear words, which also include ‘bald-a***’ and ‘hollow-mouthed’ - indicating a lack of teeth.
Dr Todd Gray MBE has studied historic insults, with ‘gouty-legged’ and ‘copper-nosed’ - from the practice of treating syphilis with copper - among the others.
The research fellow at the University of Exeter spent years trawling through 40,000 documents from the church and state... read more

 
3 October 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 78
Source: Daily Mail
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