Old Words For New Scandals
Scandals are piling up so quickly these days, it’s hard to keep them straight. Wait, who did that again? We’re going to need some more descriptors; one story sounds just like the last. Are there any ancient or abandoned words ready to spring back into action?
The plot thickens …
Well, this one is self-explanatory. Swerving from one bed to another.
A person who blabs on and on about nothing.
A place for gossip, spirited political debate, and the consumption of chocolate drinks. Popular in the 18th Century.
Someone who is particularly adept at making meal-time conversation.
A lie. A ruse.
The Cardsharps. Caravaggio. 1595
An undisciplined hedonist.
To make one drunk.
Baggy or loose-fitting breeches.
A gem-filled mine; a serious source of wealth.
An unbelievably stupid person.
Things that are easy to pocket and steal, like money or jewellery.
To cry like a cat.
A fraud. Someone who assumes a false identity or claims to have skills they do not.
To swindle or de-fraud.
Georges de la Tour. The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs. 1630-34
A person able to use the slow nod to convince others of their deep wisdom.
Lazy. Indolent. Futile.
A hypocrite. A reprobate pretending to be guided by strict morals. See Mr. Seth Pecksniff in Charles Dickens’ ‘The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit’.
Adultery. Betrayal. Treachery
A lewd player.
Saying just enough.
To unapologetically crunch or crackle your food .
To cover a painting with a light coating of semi-opaque colour.
A slick smooth-talker.
Utterly exhausted after excessive travel.
An ill-kempt, slouching man.
Header: Édouard Manet. In The Conservatory. 1879