nod c 1586
squib 1586–a1653 + 1898
The Historical Thesaurus of English — now available online! — is a delightful source for synonyms across time. It’s particularly useful for time-travelers, historical fiction writers, or folks who like to fact-check their favorite period dramas… it’s easy to see not only when “creep” emerged as an insult, but also when “polecat” became passe.
These examples come from the page that Marc Alexander, a researcher on the Thesaurus, recommends as a particularly good catalog of insults.
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