Virgin Atlantic Fires Crew For Insulting Passengers

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.


3 thoughts on “Virgin Atlantic Fires Crew For Insulting Passengers

  1. Tres

    “Chav” is beyond white trash. They are universally and pointlessly violent and destructive. They break things for entertainment and dress like wanna-be rapper gangsters. They love to dish it out, but cry injustice when someone sorts them out. They don’t mind their business they look for trouble. Chav sort of translates as “scumbag”, but specifically means white, low-class person.

  2. wiliam denison

    starting to look as though not all involved were guilty of actuallymaking derogatory comments.but all have been dismissed,guilt by association?.is Big brother,or should i say Big Richard watching.

  3. Mr Bungle

    The term ‘Chav’ comes from the Romany Gypsy word for a child.
    Originally,(early C21st) Chavs were monied youngsters with no sense of style and limited education. Over the last few years, the term has been modified to refer to anyone who looks as though they live in social housing, buy ‘fashion’ from discount sports stores, eat take out/home delivery meals by choice etc etc.
    Another favourite is ‘Pikey’ again Romany derived. Similar to Chav but more like ‘Trailer Trash’


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