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10 Not So Popular Insulting Names to call a Person

Updated on July 25, 2012

You can't hide from the ignorant- they are everywhere...

If you can't beat em, might as well make fun of them...
If you can't beat em, might as well make fun of them...

A little laugh and lesson...

"The world is full of insults that come from the mouths of not so intelligent people", is what my mother use to say along with, "If you cuss and call each other names-you are truly then showing your ignorance". Okay Mom, I got the point-but can't we sound smart and throw some insults too? She said, "NO", but I think otherwise. Sure throwing around some of the more popular name calling nouns make us lose a few IQ points and appear less reputable as individuals each and every time we regress our behavior to partake in the insults and the common indecency (rudeness) of the human race, but what if you could add a little flavor? Say something with some individuality and shake up the verbal gander with something a little less expecting, or at least expand your knowledge of the English language and learn some new words today...

Smarter, it will probably not make you- but perhaps a bit more creative for the next time you find yourself in a little spat, not to mention 9 out of 10 people will not have a clue as to what you just said...Have a little laugh and a little fun and learn some new words today- it wont take very long...

Are You Serious?

The sad thing about this is... there are many people in this world that actually need this sign.
The sad thing about this is... there are many people in this world that actually need this sign.

Here is a concept...

Since you were born with a brain...there really isn't any harm in using it every once in a while...
Since you were born with a brain...there really isn't any harm in using it every once in a while...

10 Insulting Names to Call a Person


1. NITWIT-
Defined as; a person who lacks good sense or judgment

As used in a sentence- You Nitwit, why did you do that?


2. COCKALORUM-
Defined as; a boastful and self important person- Cockalorum

As used in a sentence- That man is such a cockalorum, he thinks he owns the place.

Say what? I didn't quite catch that...


3. SCHNOOK-
Defined as; a stupid or unimportant person- Schnook

   As used in a sentence- She acted as though she was president, but the girl was just another schnook.


4. LICKSPITTLE-
Defined as; a suck up-someone fawning subordinate being

    As used in a sentence- I wish Billy would shut up, he is such a lickspittle; I bet he thinks he will get a raise from all his ‘happy comments’ to the boss.


5. IGNORAMUS-
Defined as; an utter ignorance within a person

    As used in a sentence- Can you believe that woman she is such an ignoramus, she should really consider not speaking to adults.



A little less shouting and a little more insulting...


6. NINNYHAMMER-
Defined as- a fool

As used in a sentence. - You ninnyhammer, the party is not until next week!


7. SNOLLYGOSTER-
Defined as
; a shrewd person

As used in a sentence; That woman dressed like a snollygoster, so bland and tasteless.

Why insulting words exist...

Would she even know how to find out what any of these words mean??? Hmmmm?
Would she even know how to find out what any of these words mean??? Hmmmm?

What did you just call me?

8. SMELLFUNGUS

Defined as; an excessively faultfinding individual


As used in a sentence; Everyone stop talking, here comes Rachel, she is a smellfungus, so unless you want to be tomorrows rumor-ignore her.


9. DOLTHEAD-
Defined as; a blockhead, idiot or stupid person

As used in a sentence; Ms Magee is such a Dolt head; she walked all the way to the store without her pants on.



10. DUNCE-
Defined as; a slow witted or stupid person

As used in a sentence- That one over there is a dunce, tell him a joke and he will laugh tomorrow when it sinks in.

So, now that we are done- what are your favorite Insulting Names?

The World is Full of Insults-Be Smarter than Them

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      Literary Geisha 6 years ago from Philippines

      very entertaining hub! even learned some new words today. ;)

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      Nan Mynatt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Words that I never heard hope that no one calls me some of them. Good information.

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      Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Holly, half of these words I've never even heard of, so I guess you are my teacher today. :) :D Then again, I don't mind learning, either from you or your hub. :) :P I did however have a great laugh when I read the caption on the Paris Hilton picture. I think the silver spoon she was born with had an engraving on it saying- Paris never needs a dictionary. :P :) Thank you for sharing. :)

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      lilibees 6 years ago

      Great, funny,interesting and entertaining hub!

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Ah ha, so many new words for that ultimate insult. Love the collection, the descriptions and the entertainment. Thank you!

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      Pierre Savoie 6 years ago from Canada

      Some of these words sound like they're from the BALDERDASH boardgame, which has a category of cards for obscure words. You win points not for guessing the real meaning, but for getting people to vote for fake meanings the players have secretly mixed in with the real meaning.

      Old insult-words from the past include "addle-pated" and "varlet".

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      All I can say is our dinner conversation tonight will be quite the extraordinary as we practice our new vocabulary...Very entertaining...thanks

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      All I can say is that if I continue to act like a cockalorum, people will say I'm a ninnyhammer-and I can't have that, now can I?

      Funny, funny hub, Holly-thanks for the early morning chuckles! I so love words!

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      Rand Zacharias 6 years ago

      And I thought I was a dunderhead. Perhaps one should remove thyself from 18th century English literature? Kewl hub, and thanks for giving me a few new twists in my voluminous vocabulary.

      Beats calling someone a sh**bird.

      The New Testament offers, "call no man a fool." That's the likely origin of your etiquettely-minded mother. Of course, it could just be she was raised well, instead of a hellraiser.

      BDddd-Bdddd-bdddd...that's all folks! Exit with theme music from the Looney Tunes!

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      My favorites are dumbass and knob. Thanks again for sharing.

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      I have always liked NIMROD, even though I didn't have a clue as to what was an NIM.

      I also think that Tone is also very important in insults, it is not what you say but how you say it.

      These kinds of insults usually have adjectives before them.

      voted up

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      This not only deserves a vote up, but a bookmark too!

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      Rachael Lefler 6 years ago from Illinois

      English is a great language for insulting.

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      Fayme Harper 6 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA, USA

      Every time I refer to someone as a 'miscreant' someone always says, 'Huh'.

      Thanks for putting a smile on my face. I'm voting this up. A few of those I hadn't heard before.

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      Fayme Harper 6 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA, USA

      Every time I refer to someone as a 'miscreant' someone always says, 'Huh'.

      Thanks for putting a smile on my face. I'm voting this up. A few of those I hadn't heard before.

      My friend's favorite is 'doughhead.' Always reminds me of the Pillsbury dough boy.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Literary Geisha- Thank you for the comment, I am glad you liked the hub

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Nan Mynatt -thanks-I am glad you enjoyed the information!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Cagsil- haha... finally I could teach yo something that you were not yet aware of... Thanks for reading and providing your feedback

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      lilibees - THANKs! I appreciate you reading and commenting

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Docmo, Glad you enjoyed the humor, thanks for the feedback

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Pierre Savoie- hmmm? I will have to look for that game- I have never heard of it...sounds fun though

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      mtsi1098- wish I could have been there to hear that conversation :) Glad I could contribute to your family togetherness time for an evening. thanks for reading

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      lorlie6-lol...glad you enjoyed-thanks for stopping by !

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Rand Zacharias-Thanks for the laugh within the comment you left...thanks for reading the hub and for commenting on it.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      A.A. Zavala-thanks for the feedback

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      OpinionDuck - thanks for reading and for commenting, I am glad you enjoyed the insults!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Fay Paxton- glad i could come up with some content that is pleasing enough to deserve being bookmarked! Thanks for reading !

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      RachaelLefler- very true, thanks for the comment and for taking the time to read :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Poetic Muse-thanks for the feedback...Not sure I have ever used doughhead, but perhaps I should start... :)

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      I've used ignoramus, but dolthead? That is hilarious!

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      Alayne Fenasci 6 years ago from Louisiana

      My brother and I used nitwit a lot when we were kids. There wasn't much we were allowed to say and we had to express ourselves somehow. Our vocabulary was also heavy on phooey and lout.

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      alwayzzcitra 6 years ago from Palembang, Indonesia

      It's pretty funny that most of those words are hard to pronounce! :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      yenajeon- lol....good for you, I am glad you are less than ordinary with your insults, lol... I use dolt (or have a few times) I didn't realize that dolthead was an actual word until recently.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Alayne Fenasci

      I love that word..it is just fun to say, lol...thanks for reading and for the comment- I am glad you liked the hub!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      alwayzzcitra-

      You are right, some of them are a bit tricky...but the words in themselves are funny and different...at least people will have no clue as to what you are saying when you use one of these? lol....thanks for reading and commenting

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      skylar.wishwash33 6 years ago

      Dolthead... Hahaha never heard of that one. Great list, full of ammo for all my ex-boyfriends. :-)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      skylar.wishwash33

      exactly! love new words that make others stop and go....WHAT?

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      What a Humdinger of a hub, this was really groovy! LOL.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      zzron- Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed the vocabulary lesson... hope you found a few to laugh about and a few others to use. :)

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      michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

      Started reading this Hub and thought i would know most of the words so i was feeling like a cockalorum, but after finishing i now realise i've been a ninnyhammer all along.

      Another really good Hub H.C Porter. Fun to read, and i imagine to write.

      Cheers. Michael.

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      chasemillis 6 years ago

      hilarious!!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      michael ely

      yes it was fun to write... and it is hard to come up with a hub to impress so many great writers who love words as well... :) glad you enjoyed and thanks for commenting

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      chasemillis

      thanks for the comment! glad you got a laugh :)

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      The Jet 6 years ago from The Bay

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      *pause*

      ... AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      Great hub. =]

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      The Jet- haha, glad I could make you laugh and that you enjoyed this hub! Thanks for leaving some feedback :)

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      The Jet 6 years ago from The Bay

      Thanks for the awesome hub. Haha.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      The Jet- thanks for re-commenting :)

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      Mary Gary 5 years ago

      I really like the word ninny-hammer!

      Great Job holly! I posted this on my FB

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      lol- thanks Mary- I love words...they give us hen we know how to use them.

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      Amy 5 years ago from Philippines

      i love the words..new words for me and currently very new to HP and I found this hub of yours pretty good and cool. Great hub pretty H.C Potter :)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      ACV- thank you for your comment :) I appreciate the feedback and am glad I could give you a few new words to add to your vocabulary, lol... Nothing ticks someone off as much as using words they dont have a clue as to what they mean :)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I'd love to see someone create an entire comedy act with people slinging these words back and forth. Anyone who was actually angry would be falling on the floor laughing. Very entertaining hub! I enjoyed every word. Voted up, interesting and funny. What the heck - useful, too. You never know when we might need one of these!

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Marcy- thanks for the comment... I would watch that comedy, but I fear that the only people that would watch it would be people like us, who are love words and their meanings...too many people, at least in america are okay with what they know and things as they are. :( thanks for the support and voting me up!

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      scruffyfy 5 years ago from Philippines

      This makes me laugh! Glad to learn from you H.C Porter. Very hilarious yet informational article! :)

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Great hub, Holly! The English, especially those who work below stairs, are experts at the uncommon chop-em-off-at-the-ankles putdown, but none would apply here as they're rarely confined to just a single word!

      Voted up, funny, and awesome! ;D

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      scruffyfy- lol, thanks for commenting. Glad that you enjoyed the hub- thought it would be a different type of English lesson for some people :)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      jamagenee- thanks for commenting.. those who know words need to know that they hold so much power not privileged to others...the key is to know how to use your words, in any situation to get your point across and make an impact. :)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This is such a cute hub. Take care, Kelley

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      Sustainable Sue 5 years ago from Altadena CA, USA

      Can't wait to use the term "smellfungus." I know a couple of people it fits. ;-)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Kelley- I am glad you liked it :)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you Sustainable Sue- I hope you are able to put the word to good use and truly throw someone through a loop :)

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      silverstararrow 5 years ago from India

      Hi, H.C Porter! Okay, I had a great laugh. Your hub is on an entirely unexpected topic and so very entertaining. It's put me in a lighter mood, and I think a thank you is in order.

      So thanks for sharing this different, yet thoroughly engaging hub. :)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      silverstararrow, lol- great! I am glad I could lift your mood in a not so expected way. i figured my reputation out in the real world as a sarcastic "a**", would give some giggles to the virtual reality which we all share so much in. Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment, you are more than welcome for the smiles and laughter :)

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      MJ Miller 5 years ago from East Tennessee

      Pretty funny. I found a few I didn't know, but here's another one for you: nincompoop. I haven't heard anyone use that term for a long time but I remember it from my childhood. ;)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      MJ, lol... I remember nincompoop- lol... I still use it these days too. Although I do get some fairly odd looks when I include it in an insult, lol. Thanks for the comment :)

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      Ryan Palmer 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away

      I thought some of these were made up words! I guess I was wrong! Brilliant hub and voted up :)

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      Holly 4 years ago from Lone Star State

      Ryan, thank you for stopping to read and comment on the hub. I am glad I could clarify some information for you. :) These are all real words, use them wisely!

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      Ben Zoltak 4 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      In a world full of lickspittles and snollygosters I am but another wandering cockalorum. This was a fun one HC, why do I feel like I'd hear a lot of Texans using these polysyllabic insults? Hmmm....

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      These are really high-falutin words there H.C.! These are great words to insult a particular person, and that person won't even have a slightest idea about that! Hehehehe. Up and funny, interesting. :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Haha! Never heard the word "snollygoster" before. That one is fun to say! Really enjoyed this hub!

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      Holly 4 years ago from Lone Star State

      sharkye11- Thank for the words- I am glad I could make you laugh and that you enjoyed the read!

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