By Ken Rudulph

Clothing fashions have a way of cycling in and out of popularity. When the sun sets on popular slang, it tends to remain buried forever. This isn’t always a bad thing. No one is jonesing for “Tubular!” and “Groovy!” to resurrect from the 1980s and 60s, respectively. In some cases, however, where words have died, no equally worthy substitutes have risen in their places. This is particularly the case when it comes to our modern stock of insults and put-downs. If someone we meet or are apprised of in the news conducts themselves in an objectionable way, what words do we have at our disposable to call them? Jerk? Knucklehead?

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