Why do British insults sound so much more fun and colorful than American ones? You silly git. Plonker. Chav.
Chav? Apparently the loose translation is something along the lines of “white trash” and 13 employees of Virgin Atlantic just got fired (or sacked – again, a better word) for calling passengers that on Facebook. Oh, and for joking about cockroaches and faulty engines.
I have to say, I always assumed that flight attendants were calling passengers something derogatory. I just thought it would be something I’d understand.
Whatever flight attendants on U.S. airlines call us, it’s probably not as colorful. Not their fault, really. It’s a cultural thing. The British are just better at insults, and it has been so since the days of Shakespeare.
In fact, my all-time favorite insult is from another Brit, Sir Winston Churchill
I remember when I was a child, being taken to the celebrated Barnum’s Circus, which contained an exhibition of freaks and monstrosities, but the exhibit on the program which I most desired to see was the one described as “The Boneless Wonder”. My parents judged that the spectacle would be too demoralizing and revolting for my youthful eye and I have waited fifty years, to see The Boneless Wonder sitting on the Treasury Bench.