Effete betrayers of humanity

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

  1. Lovely.
    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.

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