From Mark Forsyth’s book The Elements of Eloquence, here is a list from 1953 of words approved by the East German government for describing the British:
‘Paralytic sycophants, effete betrayers of humanity, carrion-eating servile imitators, arch-cowards and collaborators, gang of woman-murderers, degenerate rabble, parasitic traditionalists, playboy soldiers, conceited dandies.’
3 thoughts on “Effete betrayers of humanity”
Eloquent hostility – something often missing in the troll-speak and insults of the modern-day wars of words.
I tried to put these wonderful, almost Shakespearean, insults into German, without success. I feel they never had any German origin.
In case you’re wondering how I got here: I was looking for Dunn’s ‘A Removal From Terry Street’ and your previous blog came up.
thanks! yes, now you mention it, these insults do sound very English …