;D Even though I haven't seen the cited post, I'm fairly sure where it was & at whom it was aimed.
As far as I know, I'm the author of the word "knuckledragger", although it seems likely that it must have been coined by others as well, serving so perfectly as it does to describe a certain segment of humanity.
All I know is that, used in discerning company, it always provokes a pleased bark of amused recognition.
Actually, I think that one of the harridans did feel a bit concerned, because as the thread continued, she suddenly started defending my point of view so as not to be lumped with the others*. Since nobody was named, they can all just keep guessing.
*And yet just before that, she had just written "K2's posts I cannot comment on, I rarely read them."
On another website today, I was thrilled to be able to place the word "harridans" to refer to the core bully group.
I like that word: "Harridans". I've heard of it before, but never used it. Good one.
"Double standards". Another good one.
Meaning (from wiki):
'A double standard is the application of different sets of principles for similar situations, or to different people in the same situation. A double standard may take the form of an instance in which certain concepts (often, for example, a word, phrase, social norm, or rule) are perceived as acceptable to be applied by one group of people, but are considered unacceptable—taboo—when applied by another group.'
Recently, I used the word "lackadaisical" on another forum. One person said they had to look it up and another said they had completely forgotten that it existed and that they would try to place it in a sentence as soon as possible.
It is good if one has to look up words. Now it is so easy. I use the online Oxford, which has different national versions as well. For language pairs, reverso context, scary as it seems to hone in on what I'm writing, correcting or translating.
By the way, I dearly love the Italian word strepitoso.
You introduced me to that word, LaGatta, and as soon as I looked it up, I too loved it.
The other day I had occasion to use a word I had hitherto only read, but never said aloud. The word was "scofflaw" and the friend with whom I was discussing our country's president immediately agreed it was perfect to describe him.
Of course he is, but I associate that word with lower misdeeds. For example, I have never before seen so many motorists here make so many U-Turns in busy streets, even in the presence of pedestrians. How about miscreant? Of course he is also a scoundrel, but one can be a scoundrel without actually breaking any laws.