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weepiper BS: Mediaeval Swear Words (71* d) RE: BS: Mediaeval Swear Words 04 Sep 02

Some quality Scots swearing from the 15th century: "The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie", a formal slagging match between two poets. They take turns to have a go at each other. There's about 30 verses of it, but here's a particularly ripe one (translation below!)

"Mauch mutton, vyle buttoun, peilit gluttoun, air to Hillhouse,
Rank beggar, ostir dregar, foule fleggar, in the flet;
Chittirlilling, ruch rilling, lik schilling in the millhouse,
Baird rehator, theif of natour, fals tratour, feyndis gett;
Filling of tauch, rak sauch, cry crauch, thow art our sett;
Muttoun dryver, girnall ryver, gadswyver, fowll fell the;
Herretyk, lunatyk, purspyk, carlingis pet,
Rottin crok, dirtin dok, cry cok, or I sall quell the."

Maggotty mutton, vile shortarse, sickly-looking glutton, heir to Hillhouse,
Rank beggar, oyster dredger, foul flatterer in the house,
Hog's guts, rough-shod, like an unpolished coin,
Hateful bard, thief of nature, false traitor, feind's get;
Lump of tallow, twisted willow, cry crow, you're beaten;
Sheep-stealer, granary-robber, mare-fucker, bad luck upon you,
Heretic, lunatic, purse-pick, old lady's pet,
Rotten crook, shitty-arse, cry beaten, or I shall shut you up."

I get the impression Dunbar didn't like Kennedy much.

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