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Historical Thesaurus Week

How to Call Someone “Stupid” in Old English
Historical Thesaurus Week

Lauren, Publicity Assistant

It’s sad, but true. Historical Thesaurus week has come to an end. We feel like we’ve read it cover to cover (to cover to cover) and it’s hard to let go. And so, I’d like to leave you with a valuable lesson I learned: how to use the HTOED to call someone “stupid” in Old English. In this video post, Judy Pearsall (OUP’s Reference Publishing Manager) discusses how words are connected to one another in a HTOED entry, using the example of “foolish person.” Watch the video after the jump.

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  4. Derek says:

    My favorite is “clodpate.” Dr. Johnson uses the word, although it pre-dates him.

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