Re: For sooth....
Here's a quick list that I swiped from elsewhere... Sgt Oddball opened the path
Abydos was a city in Ancient Egypt whose inhabitants, according to one 19th century dictionary, “were famous for inventing slanders and boasting of them.” Whether that’s true or not, the name Abydos is the origin of abydocomist—a liar who brags about their lies.
An adulterer. Another of Shakespeare’s inventions that became popular in Victorian slang.
To bespawl means to spit or dribble. A bespawler is a slobbering person, who spits when he talks.
An old Tudor English word for a fool. Coined by the 15th-16th century poet John Skelton (who was one of Henry VIII’s schoolteachers).
Also called a cumberground—someone who is so useless, they just serve to take up space.
Cop is an old word for the head, making a dalcop (literally a “dull-head”) a particularly stupid person. You can also be a harecop, or a “hare-brained” person.
An 18th century word for an especially large shoe, and consequently a clumsy or awkward person.
As well as being another name for a nincompoop, a dorbel is a petty, nit-picking teacher. It’s derived from the name of an old French scholar named Nicolas d’Orbellis, who was well known as a supporter of the much-derided philosopher John Duns Scotus (whose followers were the original “dunces”).
An old English dialect word for someone who drawls or speaks indistinctly.
An untidy woman.
An insignificant or foolish man.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this term for “a woman of gross or corpulent habit” is derived from fusty, in the sense of something that’s gone off or gone stale.
Another of Shakespeare’s best put-downs, coined in Henry IV, Part 2: "Away, you scullion! You rampallion! You fustilarian! I'll tickle your catastrophe," Falstaff exclaims. If not just a variation of fustylugs, he likely meant it to mean someone who stubbornly wastes time on worthless things.
An old Scots word for a swindling businessman, or someone who gets into debt and then flees.
An 18th century northern English word for someone who only ever seems to complain.
An old Irish word for a nosy, prying person who likes to interfere in other people’s business.
A gowpen is the bowl formed by cupping your hands together, while a gowpenful-o’-anything is “a contemptuous term applied to one who is a medley of everything absurd,” according to the English Dialect Dictionary.
Someone who only seems able to speak by shouting.
A leasing is an old word for an untruth or falsehood, making a leasing-monger or a leasing-maker a habitual liar.
This is a 17th century term for a slacker. An idling, lazy good-for-nothing. Literally, someone who seems to spend all day in bed.