Trible (tamtrible) wrote in little_details,

Slightly rude words in the 1940s?

time: early 1940s, place: Somewhere in Europe (near the western front), though the person in question grew up in the US and went to college in England. The same character that 4 of my last 5 posts have been about (she's eating my brain!)
Not really sure how to search this, though I took a vague stab at "slang terms (1940s OR ww2 OR "world war 2")--can't tell levels of rudeness very well, however, and there wasn't much on relatively generic nasty names.

Our Heroine is from a wealthy family (and fairly proper/correct/prim), but she's a bastard (in the literal sense, basically no one but her mother knew who her father even was). So I don't think she'd use that as a pejorative term (if, for example, she ever meets her absentee father and wants to call him something rude)--it would be too sensitive of a subject for her.

But I have no idea what other words a relatively gently reared 25-year-old would *use* in the early '40s to indicate that someone was worthless/bad/morally corrupt/etc, or otherwise indicate extreme displeasure. Having her call someone a f***-head or a**hole or whatever just doesn't feel right at all--I don't think someone of her class and upbringing would speak like that.

(She's a surgeon, and also knows French and Latin, if that suggests anything in particular to anyone)
Tags: 1940-1949, ~languages: (misc): slang slurs & curses

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