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A fool or simpleton; a stupid person. Possibly variation of “nodcock.” Uncertain origin.


Describes a person who dresses smartly and fashionably. Uncertain origin, perhaps related to “neat.”

British slang for a rich or upper-class person. Perhaps from “tuft”=the gold tassel on a titled Oxford/Cambridge graduate’s cap.

Something that causes fear or anxiety; an evil spirit. Uncertain origin ?Welsh “bwgan bo”=the devil.

Mythical creature that causes problems on aircraft. Uncertain origin but from the 1940’s and possibly alternation of “goblin.”

Bad or unpleasant; filthy or dirty. Uncertain origin. ? Old French “nastre”=low social status < “villanastre”=ignoble, infamous.

Weak, cowardly, ineffectual person. Uncertain origin but probably from “whimper”=to whine, cry < onomatopoeia – the sound of sobbing.

Most suited to a set of conditions; most healthy. Uncertain origin, poss. Old English “fitt”=strong (but only one example found).

Uneducated, unsophisticated countryside dweller. Figurative use of English dialect “yokel”=green woodpecker.

Mythical Pennsylvania woods dweller that dissolves in its own tears. First mentioned 1910 and probably invented at that point.

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