‘Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain,
“You have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.”
As the door on its hinges, so he on his bed,
Turns his sides and his shoulders and his heavy head.
“A little more sleep, and a little more slumber;”
Thus he wastes half his days, and his hours without number,
And when he gets up, he sits folding his hands,
Or walks about sauntering, or trifling he stands.
I pass’d by his garden, and saw the wild brier,
The thorn and the thistle grow broader and higher;
The clothes that hang on him are turning to rags;
And his money still wastes till he starves or he begs.
I made him a visit, still hoping to find
That he took better care for improving his mind:
He told me his dreams, talked of eating and drinking;
But scarce reads his Bible, and never loves thinking.
Said I then to my heart, “Here’s a lesson for me,”
This man’s but a picture of what I might be:
But thanks to my friends for their care in my breeding,
Who taught me betimes to love working and reading.”
Definitions of mean, cruel English nick-names that I found on Merriam-WebsterOnline. Aren’t they just lovely?
Cockalorum: a boastful and self-important person
Lickspittle: a fawning subordinate
Smellfungus: a fault-finding person
Ninnyhammer: a wimp, sissy, ninny
Milksop: a wimpy man
Pettifogger: a dishonest lawyer
Mooncalf: a naive, foolish person
Dodgy: false or dishonest; causing a lack of trust or confidence
Shirty: angry; irritated
Chuffed: quite pleased; delighted
Stroppy: touchy; belligerent
Dogsbody: one who is obliged to do menial work; a drudge
Shambolic: obviously disorganized or confused
Wonky: awry; wrong
Hard Cheese: tough luck (often used interjectionally)
Prat: a stupid or foolish person
Twee: affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint
Knackered: tired, exhausted
Jiggery-pokery: dishonest or suspicious activity; nonsense
Plonk: cheap or inferior wine
Chunter: to talk in a low inarticulate way: mutter
Whinge: to complain fretfully: whine
Boffin: a scientific expert and especially one involved in technological research
Pukka: genuine, authentic; first-class
Gormless:lacking intelligence; stupid
Now I better not hear complains of siblings being tortured with these cruel names. Or I will come and use them on you. Understood?