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British Insults (Slang)

TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
edited April 2012 in High School Life
I think that British Slang insults are far more "pleasing to the ear" than American insults... Here are some British terms for "idiot"

Plonker, Muppet, Numpty, Clot and Pillock.

Of course there are always room for the more offensive terms of:
Wanker, Prat, Oik, Tosser and Twat.

Do you agree are these insults more "pleasing to the ear" than stadard American words like Geek, Dork and Nerd?
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  • fairy_dreamsfairy_dreams Posts: 3,377Registered User Member
    hahaha. I like these offensive British terms.

    I wouldn't mind being called a muppet.

    Do they have specific meanings? Like a geek is a person who excels at one thing (computers, video games) and who isn't necessarily smart. A dork is just a socially awkward guy. And a nerd is a overachieving smart person.
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
    Clot is a term for a generally stupid (or as we say in the UK "thick") person.
    Numpty, Pillock and Plonker is essentially the British version of the words moron and idiot
    Muppet is what you would call your friend is they were being did something stupid out of being clumsy.
  • xAAAxxAAAx Posts: 1,465Registered User Senior Member
    give me more more bloody terms! ;)
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
    Wanker and Tosser both literally mean "Masterbater" but in context mean something more like jerk.
    Prat is what it sounds like...
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
    @fairy_dreams

    The Brits have terms for Geek and Nerd but they are not insults.

    The term for "geek" is "goggy"
    The term for "nerd" is "boffin"
    Neither of those are really insults though.
  • swkim51swkim51 Posts: 269Registered User Junior Member
    lol twat

    would callin someone rubbish be an insult too?
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
    Someone can't be rubbish, someTHING can be rubbish. In which case you are insulting the thing. Although you can say to someone "you are rubbish at ..."
  • awesomenessnessawesomenessness Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    It's hard for me to be insulted by being called a muppet or numpty I'd start laughing hysterically. The longer words tend to be less harsh, imo.
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
    ^ muppet and numpty are "affectionate insults" i.e. they are only words that you would say to your friends.
  • swkim51swkim51 Posts: 269Registered User Junior Member
    "awww you plonker, ohhh you numpty, oh you are such a pillock!"

    lol I can't imagine someone actually uttering those words
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
    I should explain "the throne" is the toilet
  • AeroEngineer3141AeroEngineer3141 Posts: 3,607Registered User Senior Member
    Hm, that's interesting that "prat" is considered more offensive. At least where I live, one might call an annoying little kid a prat.

    Of all the Britain-based books I've read and movies I've seen, I have never heard any of those words lol. I guess Harry Potter just won't teach you the good stuff.
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
    The Harry Potter books have very few "British words" because the slang is replaced by wizard slang
  • fairy_dreamsfairy_dreams Posts: 3,377Registered User Member
    ^Like "Merlin's pants!"

    .......Do they actually say that in England?
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