34 brilliant words for defeat

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

Print Share
15th July, 2014 Leave a Comment
Thinkstock

Thinkstock

Curse the sports writers. For they are blessed with “so many different words for being beaten”, runs the introduction to a consideration of defeat-vocabulary by the “slang lexicographer” Jonathon Green in the BBC News Magazine.

Green identifies more than 61 synonyms, and readers respond with more than 40 others.

These are my favourites:

Lammed

Licked

Banjoed

Fenked

Clobbered

Cumbered

Shended

Scuppered

Spannered

Shellacked

Hammered

Malleted

Flattened

Thumped

Tonked

Whomped

Walloped

Whopped

Skelped

Trounced

Pummelled

Steamrollered

Fustigated

Gubbed

Mullered

Banjaxed

Spiflicated

Scrumpled

Greinglified

Rumbusticated

Mollicated

Marmalised

and

Ganked

 

See also: Language to be avoided in parliament

Follow the Listener on Twitter or Facebook.

15th July, 2014 Leave a Comment

More by Toby Manhire

Post a Comment

You must be to post a comment.

Switch to our mobile site