How to really insult someone!

Oh this weeks worth of words should be delicious.
—– Original Message —–

From: Wordsmith
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2012 12:13 AM
Subject: (FWD) A.Word.A.Day–flagitious
May 28, 2012

This week’s theme
Insults

This week’s words
flagitious

An insult, real or perceived, once resulted in a duel. To defend one’s honor meant to kill someone or to get killed. Thankfully, those times are behind us. Duels are now part of history, but bar-fights and other altercations show that we haven’t outgrown our revenge mentality.

Here’s another option. Imagine a world where a slight called for a verbal duel. The two parties get together and hurl the choicest adjectives at each other. Spectators cheer them on. And in the end the two shake hands and, having vented, go home.

Imagine that to prepare for this fight the parties involved don’t drive to a gun shop. Instead they head to the biggest, baddest dictionary they could lay their hands on and pick out words. The more obscure, the more colorful, the better. If your opponent can’t even understand the word you hurl at him what hope has he?

Consider this week’s words as ammunition — don’t let them fall into the hands of little children.

flagitious

PRONUNCIATION:
(fluh-JISH-uhs)
MEANING:
adjective: Extremely wicked or criminal.
ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin flagitiosus, from flagitium (shameful act), from flagitare (to plead or demand persistently). Earliest documented use: before 1384.
USAGE:
“Ten thousand curses on the head of that infamous villain and flagitious scoundrel.”
Wilbur Smith; Assegai; Macmillan; 2010.

Explore “flagitious” in the Visual Thesaurus.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. -Daniel J. Boorstin, historian, professor, attorney, and writer (1914-2004)

Unsubscribe | Subscribe | Update address | Gift subscription | Contact us

© 2012 Wordsmith.org

 

Advertisements

2 Responses to “How to really insult someone!”

  1. Trevor Hilton Says:

    I have an infinitesimal vocabulary, so I’ll just stick with calling people dirty, rotten, low-down, scoundrels.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: