Lookups spiked 800% on September 18-19, 2019
Dastardly skulked its way to the top of our lookups on September 18-19, 2019, after President Trump was asked how he'd respond to Iran over an attack on Saudi oil facilities.
“It’s very easy to attack,” he told reporters on Wednesday in Los Angeles, but then added: “How did going into Iraq work out?”
“There’s plenty of time to do some dastardly things,” he said.
— Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg, 18 Sept. 2019
Dastardly is defined as "cowardly" or "characterized by underhandedness or treachery."
The adjective dates to the 16th century, formed rather straightforwardly from the Middle English noun dastard, meaning "coward" or "a person who acts treacherously or underhandedly."
Albe it, who can be borne with so rigo rous a dysposytion (I wyll nat saye dumppyshe and dastardly) whyche maye nat be taken with suche kynde of pleasurs, namely if he maye attayne them without the offense of god & man without the losse of his good name?
—Desiderius Erasmus (trans. by R. Tavernour), A ryght frutefull epystle, 1536
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