[Corpora-List] Numpties and bennies

Briony Williams b.williams at bangor.ac.uk
Wed Dec 6 13:44:01 CET 2006


Nicholas Sanders wrote:

> Nope - no PC problems on the Scottish side of my family!

>

>

> On 6 Dec 2006, at 12:06, Harold Somers wrote:

>

>> A colleague has just emailed me suggesting that the word "numpty" has

>> become non-PC because of its association with Downs syndrome. I've never

>> made that association ... Has anyone else?


In Scotland, "numpty" is often heard as a general informal synonym for
"idiot", and with no specific reference to Downs Syndrome. I've encountered
it applied to managers by team members in a business context.

Regards

Briony Williams

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