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10 Swear Words You Probably Never Heard of

Humans have many talents but one that stayed all throughout the ages is the art of insult. It can’t be denied that swearing has been existent in the human civilization and developed by inventions of the human tongue. It has become complicated, upfront and funny that some retorts can only be relatable to a specific group. In a post from mothership.sg, when plain English words can’t express frustrations, Singlish expressions can be of use so as not to resort to vulgarity. Back to this millennial age, insults now a days are quite crude, limited and don’t give off a poetic vibe with a brush of subtleness as they once did in the good old days.

These medieval swearing, appearing with a charming sound may be an interesting thing to know in this modern age but probably would not work that well in a modern era:

1. Zounderkite
This is a Victorian era word that means “idiot.” An appropriate example spoken with some annoyance while arguing: “That zounderkite just ruined our report!”

2. Fopdoodle
A fopdoodle simply means someone of little importance or a simpleton. So if someone is making opinions to let you down, remember they are just a fopdoodle. Move on.

3. Gnashnab
This is a Northern English term used in the 18th century that’s meant to describe someone who complains all the time. It just goes to show that before and now, nobody wants a gnashnab.

4. Gobermouch
Gobermouch is an Irish term that describes someone who is fond of meddling with other people’s business or whereabouts. Some people just want to be low-key and that’s not something a gobermouch understands.

5. Snoutband
This means someone who never fails to interrupt a discussion or conversation aimed at contradicting the person talking. We all know a snoutband who believes they know everything and they probably don’t know the meaning of this word until now though.

6. Stampcrab
Stampcrab is used to describe someone’s clumsiness and heaviness of foot.

7. Fustilarian
This is one of Shakespear’s word inventions in Henry IV. Fustilarian means someone who is a time-waster or wastes valuable time on insignificant things. So, if you’re running a deadline, make sure you don’t act like a fustilarian!

8. Gillie-wet-foot
A Gillie-wet-foot is meant to describe a swindler or a person who is indebted and flees away. Be careful not to lend money to a gillie-wet-foot!

9. Klazomaniac
Klazomaniac is for someone who can only speak through shouting. I don’t think anyone wants to have a klazomaniac around.

10. Loiter-sack
This is a term coined in 17th century for an idle, lazy, slack person. Clearly, someone who spends all day in bed is a loiter-sack!


Love Coffee? Maybe It’s in Your Genes

To most Singaporeans, life will not be complete without coffee around. Coffee gives that familiar rush of energy enough to keep you going for a day’s work. It has additional health benefits too from providing antioxidants to lowering blood pressure based on scientific findings. Coffee is no doubt helpful in whatever situation you are in.

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You drink coffee every day and for many years you noticed that you cannot go longer than an hour without it. You are wondering because your office mate drinks only one cup every day and claims that the stuff can keep him up for the rest of the day. Now you are worried if something is wrong with you.

You should not be. There is a new study saying that your desire for coffee may be imbedded in your genes. This is according to the University of Edinburgh’s scientists. The scientists actually identified the gene that plays a huge role when it comes to the body’s breaking down of the caffeine. The gene is called PDSS2. This gene is capable of breaking down the caffeine gradually.

If you have this kind of gene, the body will allow caffeine to hang around a bit longer. This means that you do not need constant chug of coffee to get that feel or kick. The researchers conducted the research first in Italy where they asked 1,200 respondents to complete a survey of how many cups of coffee they consume every day.

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Researchers found out that for those who have a variation of PDSS2 in their genes tend to drink less coffee – an average of one cup per day actually. To further fortify their findings, the researchers also repeated their study in Netherlands with 1,700 respondents and found similar results.

The lead author of the study, Nicola Pirastu, said that the study supports the idea that one’s desire for coffee is deeply rooted in your genes. In general, genetics play an important role in your everyday lifestyle and habits. Understanding how genetics affect your life and the people around you will not only enlighten you on how people behave but also allowing you to act on them.

The full details of the study are published in Scientific Reports journal. The next time you feel guilty because you already had four cups and still counting, take it easy on yourself and simply blame it on your genes. Just remember the golden rule – too much of something is bad enough.

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