Sometimes, “You suck” is not enough, and even casting doubt on the virtue of a stranger’s mother isn’t effective as it used to be. At the Oxford University Press blog, Mark Peters has made a list of lovely words with which to express contempt. They include:
Most of them have vanished from daily speech, except for dastardling, a variation on an adjective in The Wacky Races;Â dunderwhelp, whose variants are still uttered by Dungeonmasters; andÂ pig-dog, which remains in the luxurious vocabularies of devotees of those champions of language, Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Whose life would not be enriched by The French Taunter sketches from The Holy Grail?
And there’s always the old reliable cussing that Woody Allen taught us: “Go forth and multiply, but not in those words.”