The perfect insults you’ve never heard of

2-minute video.

It can be hard to find the right word for someone who really pushes your buttons. At times like these, a historical dictionary can be your friend. Here are two labels that are at least five centuries old, but the individuals they describe are still instantly recognisable. Etymologist and broadcaster Susie Dent investigates.

Animation by Dominika Ozynska and Adrian Hartrick


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