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    Question "useless idiot!"

    Hi all,
    May I have some informal or slang terms for such a person? (especially in BrE, please)




    Many thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,
    May I have some informal or slang terms for such a person? (especially in BrE, please)




    Many thanks in advance.
    This one seems to be quite popular at the moment: numpty Noun. A fool, idiot. Also spelt numbty and numptie. [Orig. Scottish]

    From: A dictionary of slang - "N" - English slang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    This one seems to be quite popular at the moment: numpty Noun. A fool, idiot. Also spelt numbty and numptie. [Orig. Scottish]

    From: A dictionary of slang - "N" - English slang.
    Is the stress on the "useless" part? (Which is what I need! )

    Ta!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Is the stress on the "useless" part? (Which is what I need! )

    Ta!
    Yes, from what I've heard it means "useless idiot" mainly.

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    And, are the /p/ and /b/ sounds pronounced on numpty and numbty?

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    And, are the /p/ and /b/ sounds pronounced on numpty and numbty?

    Cheers!
    Yes, the "p" is sounded, not emphasized but present. I'm not familiar with the version with "b" but I would imagine it would be silent.

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    A waste of space- you could also use twit/prat/berk, though these have a less specific meaning.

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    Default Re: "useless idiot!"

    You could also use "worthless" instead of "useless".

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    I'll offer "drongo" because although it's essentially Australian I know that it's had some currency in GB.

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