Insulting Words of the Norse Viking Age

Insulting words have always been around as long as people have been using the spoken word. Insulting words will always be around, even if oppressive people are trying with all their weakling mite to stomp out whatever the current insulting words are - new words will form, or old ones will re-emerge.

Back into the Viking age they had their slew of words, perhaps we should use some of these;

  • dunga (DOON-gah) — a useless fellow
  • eldhúsfífl (EHLD-hoos-feef-uhl) — “hearthfire idiot”, an idiot who sits by the fire all day, a good-for-nothing
  • ergi and argr are two Old Norse terms of insult, denoting effeminacy or other unmanly behavior. Argr (also ragr) is "unmanly" and ergi is "unmanliness"; the terms have cognates in other Germanic languages such as earheargaragarug, and so on.
  • fífl (FEEF-uhl) — fool, idiot
  • gløggvingr (GLOHG-ving-uhr) — stingy person
  • hraumi (HROWM-ee) — braggart
  • níðingr (NEETH-ing-uhr) — villain, vile person
  • slápr (SLAHP-uhr) — a good-for-nothing, lazy person
  • vámr (VAHM-uhr) — loathsome person
  • vargdropi (VAHRG-drohp-ee) — son of an outlaw* 
  • veslingr (VEHS-ling-uhr) — puny wretch


Sources, here and here.