Words at Play : Top 10 Rare & Amusing Insults, Vol. 2

#2: Blatherskite

Definition:

a person who talks foolishly at length

About the Word:

It's alteration of the Scottish compound blather skate (skate means "a contemptible person").

The word appears in a mid-seventeenth century Scottish ballad called Maggie Lauder in which the fair maiden bids her would-be suitor, "Begone ye hallanshaker / Jog on your gait, ye blatherskate ..." [Get lost, you vagabond / Be on your way, you blatherskate ...].

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