LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/FEV/2015 3:11 AM|
|Assunto:||Charming words for nasty people|
CAD - Old fashioned. I would expect to find it in novels of the 1800s. Used almost exclusively to describe men who are careless with the feelings of women.
HOOLIGAN - Relatively common. HOOLIGAN is often used to describe males who fight and disrupt soccer games in Europe. Both HOOLIGAN and RUFFIAN refer to violent men, often guilty of crimes.
KNAVE - Old fashioned.
RASCALLION - Do not recall hearing/reading this word. I assume "RASCAL" is the shortened version of RASCALLION. RASCAL is used much like SCAMP.
REPROBATE - Do not recall hearing/reading this word.
RUFFIAN - Relatively common. See HOOLIGAN.
SCALAWAG - Relatively common. Similar to SCAMP.
SCAMP - Relatively common. Sometimes used as the name of a dog, especially a mischievous dog. Often used with affection. Not a strong or insulting word. See SCALAWAG.
SCAPEGRACE - Do not recall hearing/reading this word.
WRETCH - Relatively common. Often used to mean person in terrible physical/mental condition. Often used with sympathy.
HOOLIGAN and RUFFIAN are the most commonly heard/read, but even they are not particularly common. The same can be said of CAD, RASCAL, SCAMP, I do not normally use any of these terms.
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