Medieval Monday: Insults

For today I have a short but hopefully amusing post sharing some medieval style insults! You can surprise your friends with these, or maybe use them for your current medieval-era work in progress. Now for the disclaimer. I can’t authenticate these as purely medieval, so historical fiction writers are fairly warned. They are funny regardless of when they first came into the language–a couple of them are still in use, I think. Know of some fun medieval insults that aren’t on this list? Share them in the comments. 🙂

Fop – a foolish person

Fustilugs – a big, clumsy, gross person

Churl – coarse and peasant-like

Cox-Comb – someone who is vain and foolish

Cumberworld – a useless person

Glos Pautonnier – a gluttonous scoundrel

Hedge-born – of base birth, low-brow, or illegitimate

Loiter-Sack – a freeloader

Muck-spout – an overly talkative person who curses a lot

Quisby – someone who is very lazy

Raggabrash – someone who is disorganized

Skamelar – a freeloader and a parasite

Sot – a drunk

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2 thoughts on “Medieval Monday: Insults

  1. V.M.Sang says:

    Wonderful. I’ll keep this post and use some of them in my novels. They’ll add authenticity.

    Nothing to do with insults directly, medieval or otherwise, but I was looking through a bird book some years ago and came across a bird called the yellow-bellied sap sucker. What a wonderful insult that name would make! :-))

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  2. Adam says:

    I still use fop and sot.
    Fustilugs? I’m going to make sure I pronounce that one right.
    Quisby sounds a bit like a name.
    Raggabrash sounds exactly like what it means.

    I will say, I get rather disappointed with how when expressing frustration or anger people generally fall back on the same few words.
    Now I shall go forth with my newly expanded arsenal. 😛

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