Quignogs and Quockerwodgers


Our Alaskan correspondents (thank you T and J and your unnamed friend)have alerted us to some little known words that could be used to describe politicians.

It is not difficult to find public figures and their ideas that  fit these descriptions

Quignogs: Ridiculous notions (Cornwall)

Quockerwodger:A wooden toy figure, which when pulled by a string, jerks its limbs about,as in the manner of a politician whose strings are pulled by someone else.

Loutersacke: A lazy loitering fellow

Hingkponk: An imposter (Lakeland, Westmorland.)

Swacker: Something huge; a bulky robust person. Figuratively, a great lie.

And in a slightly different idiom, but I think my favourite, because it is in the vernacular: Gone to Texas: A generation ago it was a common joke, that  an insolvent debtor, or anyone who needed to make a quick exit, would chalk on his door the letters.G.T.T.

Lets hope some of our current leaders( one in particular) are soon chalking on their doors G.T.T

These words were found on a calendar published by Sellers Publishing Inc at http://www.make.fun.com

14 thoughts on “Quignogs and Quockerwodgers

  1. Thanks Gert! We are happy that you liked GTT as much as the Alaskans (one should know that if Alaskans and Texans are comparing brags (never humblebrags), sooner or later the Alaskan will say to the Texan, “Enough! We’ll cut Alaska in two and then Texas will be the third largest state.” That, and a shared round of beers usually smooths the way to another topic.

  2. Just found another great word — reading an account of the history of my hometown in Michigan, the preacher who came to “civilize” the Potowatomi Indians in the early 1820s said of a liquor dealer that he was the most “flagitious” man he had met — flagitious being “villainous, . . shamefully wicked.”

    1. Very useful. Connotations of in flagrante…. and we all know where that’s heading. I am not the Latin scholar in the team, but I think flagrante is related to burning Thus conflagration… but I am willing to be corrected.

      1. Here’s what Merriam-Webster has to say: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagitious. “Flagitious derives from the Latin noun flagitium, meaning “shameful thing,” and is akin to the Latin noun flagrum, meaning “whip.” “Flagrum” is also the source of “flagellate” (“to whip” or “to scourge”), but despite the superficial resemblance it is not the source of flagrant, meaning “conspicuously bad.” “Flagrant” and its cousins derive instead from Latin flagrare, meaning “to burn.” “Flagitious” first appeared in the late 14th century, and it was originally applied to people who were horribly criminal or wicked. These days, it can also describe intangibles, such as actions (“flagitious promiscuity”), ideas (“a flagitious notion”), and principles (“flagitious motives”).

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