As Gert was drifting off to sleep the other night, the word “poltroon” popped into her mind. What a lovely insult. Just roll it around in your mouth. We need to bring it back, along with Gert’s all-time favourite, “cream-faced loon”.
A poltroon, Dr Johnson’s dictionary tells us is “a coward; a nidgit; a scoundrel”. That’s a nidgit, not an idiot. “Nidget” is an opprobrious term with which the man was anciently branded who refused to come to the royal standard in times of exigency. Put Gert down as a nidget, then, but not a poltroon, let alone a cream-faced loon. We have a feeling that there are other like-minded souls among our blog friends.