42 Old English Insults

Who doesn’t love a good insult from times gone by?! Here are ten of them to use as you see fit. But be careful to use the correctly, lest ye be cast as a lubberwort.

In the 16th century, lubberwort was 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.

A dialect word for someone who not only talks a lot, but who seems to constantly swear.

Derived from the name of a stock character in medieval theatrical farces, a mumblecrust is a toothless beggar.

In Victorian English, doing quisby meant shirking from work or lazing around. A quisby was someone who did just that.

A disorganized or grubby person.

A visitor who outstays his or her welcome. Originally, someone who stays so late the dying coals in the fireplace would need to be raked over just to keep it burning.

Someone who lives beyond their means, or seems to spend extravagantly.

Saddling geese is a proverbially pointless exercise, so anyone who wastes their time doing it—namely, a saddle-goose—must be an imbecile.

Probably derived from scopperloit, an old English dialect word for a vacation or a break from work, a scobberlotcher is someone who never works hard.

Someone who turns up uninvited at a meal or party and expects to be fed.

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