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First ‘Dotard’, Now ‘Daft Twerp’ — Do They Both Apply & Fit?

by Anura Guruge


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Having grown up in Britain, and having gone to Public School (i.e., private school) there, I am extremely au fait with all three words: ‘daft‘, ‘twerp‘ & ‘dotard‘.

Both ‘dotard‘ and ‘daft twerp‘, though alluding to different personality traits, apply in this case. I am sure he was a ‘daft twerp’ most of his life and then as he got older he also became a ‘dotard’.

Unlike ‘dotard’, which goes back 500-years or more, ‘twerp’ is a relatively recent word and is NOT even hundred years old as yet.

The Oxford English Dictionary‘, the final arbitrator on all words English, believes that ‘twerp’ was a creation of the famous,  by J R R Tolkien (of “Lord of the Rings”). In a letter to his son in October 1944 he talks of his times with T.W. Earp, a one time President of the Oxford Union, and refers to this T.W. Earp, as ‘the original “twerp”‘). Get it? T.W. Earp, who probably was a right royal twerp. Interesting.

So what do YOU think? You think ‘they’ got it right? I think so.


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The Word ‘Dotard’ — Origins & Synonyms.

by Anura Guruge


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Dotard origins by Anura Guruge in NHlifefree.com

Dotard origins by Anura Guruge in NHlifefree.com


It, i.e., ‘dotard’, was a word I was familiar with (given my very British heritage) — though, of course, living in the U.S. I had not heard it in a long time. I am sure I first encountered it at the Public (i.e., private) School I attended, in North London, “Mill Hill School” — the read birthplace of the ‘Oxford English Dictionary‘ and the alma mater of Denis Thatcher (Margaret’s husband). It was a school rich in vocabulary and idioms, my two favorites, that I still treasure and use being: “Play the White Man” (i.e., do the right thing) and “Munda Logic” (African/black logic). Both are very profound and have many applications.


Dotard:

  • An old person in their dotage.

    That is where the word comes from ‘dote’ + ‘-ard‘.
    -ard‘ denotes someone with a specific condition — as in drunkard.
    Dote‘ refers to an imbecile!

  • An old person with impaired intellect.

Origins:

Old English.

1st known usage was by the inimitable Geoffrey Chaucer in his beyond ionic ‘The Canterbury Tales‘ — in “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue“. It went: “Til they be wedded; olde dotard shrewe!”

Then it was Edmund Spenser (above) in 1590 & then Shakespeare (above) ~1598.


Synonyms:

  • old man, elder, senior citizen, old codger, geezer, old duffer, pantaloon, graybeard.
    ….
  • senile, fogy, fuddy-duddy

So what do YOU think? You think ‘they’ got it right?


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by Anura Guruge