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What Are Some Pejorative Terms for the Words "Boat" or "Ship"?

Calling a ship a boat, is sometimes considered derisive. Also, calling a type of boat by the name of another type of boat is sometimes considered insulting by its owner. If the boat is a man's mid-...
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What Are Some Pejorative Terms for the Words "Boat" or "Ship"?

A scow. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/scow Definition #3: an old or clumsy boat; hulk; tub.
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Is there a word for the joy a smart aleck feels when they point out to other people how stupid they are?

I'd say "smug" which means self-satisfaction, but is also often associated with a particularly condescending facial expression. And with your specific comment about the smile, something like this: "...
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What are the origins and proper uses of “s***gibbon”?

My Scottish perspective on Shitgibbon There are a couple of threads to this particular insult. In Scotland, and I am sure in other places, we love a good, complex, overblown insult. A proper insult ...
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A derogatory term for a book or other printed material

As a well-read AE native speaker, I've never heard of "pap", so I can't recommend it for a general audience. I like "birdcage liner" - quite evocative - but honestly, the most direct expression is the ...
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What Are Some Pejorative Terms for the Words "Boat" or "Ship"?

One epithet for a boat that seldom leaves port is 'an expensive hole in the water'.
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Idiom or expression that would imply "someone is a habitual liar"

Sounds like the person in question is full of shit! This doesn't necessarily imply the lying is habitual, although you can modify it rather easily with any word indicating frequency: Yea I know ...
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Word for lying while bragging/boasting

A possible idiom is "trumping [it] up". From Merriam-Webster: Definition of trump up transitive verb 1: to concoct especially with intent to deceive : fabricate, invent 2 archaic: to ...
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Is "allopathy" pejorative?

The word has no real meaning outside of the context of homeopathy. It's rather pejorative in that context. It's rather irrelevant in any other.
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Idiom or expression that would imply "someone is a habitual liar"

I've often heard "lies like a rug" From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs: to tell lies shamelessly. He says he didn't take the money, but he's lying like a rug. I don'...
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Alternative term for 'smoke test'

Critical Power-On Failure Test The system or component tested failed to meet basic power-on requirements, and was unable to be safely activated. No further tests were performed. Being the son of a ...
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Derogatory term for people from places like San Francisco

City slicker informal, derogatory A person with the sophistication and values generally associated with urban dwellers. (Oxford Living Dictionaries) someone who lives in a city and does not ...
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Why are the French pejoratively referred to as frogs?

The OED says we’re not completely sure, but it may in part have started as a reference to the wet and marshy Low Countries and then later reïnforced by the shared initial consonant cluster between ...
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Is "Fredo" an insult to Italian-Americans?

In my estimation, it all amounts to nothing more than an emotionally-driven burst of anger and frustration. Nothing worth parsing word-for-word. [“Fredo“] is like the n-word for us. That's a gross ...
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Somebody who pretends to understand, but doesn't

The person is a poseur (or poser) with respect to understanding. Noun: poseur pow'zur A person who habitually pretends to be something he is not poser -- WordWeb
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What Are Some Pejorative Terms for the Words "Boat" or "Ship"?

On the UK canal system, people with traditional narrow boats (70 feet long, with solid steel hulls originally designed to carry 20 tons or more of cargo) sometimes refer to fiberglass hulled craft as "...
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Insult for someone who "doesn't know anything"

It is not the short word you are looking for, but ignoramus means “a stupid or ignorant person.” It’s a bit old-fashioned sounding and underused.
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Derogatory term for people from places like San Francisco

Recently in the United States, I've heard the term coastal elite growing in use. The term is referenced in Salon in an article titled '“Real Americans” vs. “coastal elites”: What right-wing sneers ...
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Is "Fredo" an insult to Italian-Americans?

I don't think it's "Fredo" specifically that's the insult. Calling someone by a name that's stereotypically associated with their ethnicity is likely to be viewed as racism. So he would have a similar ...
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A derogatory term for a book or other printed material

While not specifically targeting written communication, drivel drivel - silly nonsense. "don't talk such drivel!" synonyms: nonsense, twaddle, claptrap, balderdash, gibberish, rubbish, ...
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Difference in meaning between “elderly” and "old"?

Is there more of a negative association to the word “elderly” than to the word "old"? Possibly it is the reverse. I would normally call myself "old", and leave the usage of &...
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Is "allopathy" pejorative?

There are two kinds of practicing physicians in the United States: allopathic physicians (MD's) and osteopathic physicians (DO's). Both are fully licensed physicians, trained in diagnosing and ...
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Why are the French pejoratively referred to as frogs?

According to the French newspaper Le Figaro, the reason has to do with a neighborhood across from Paris called La Grenouillère: MY TRANSLATION: La Grenouillère or more precisely La Guernouillère [...
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Word for lying while bragging/boasting

Full of hot air A person who is full of hot air is a person who talks a lot but whose words carry no substance. This does not always refer to outright lies (It can, of course.), but if not, the claim ...
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Somebody who pretends to understand, but doesn't

You can use Charlatan. Its meaning in the Cambridge dictionary is a person who pretends to have skills or knowledge that they do not have. You should also check out its synonyms and related ...
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What Are Some Pejorative Terms for the Words "Boat" or "Ship"?

As mentioned in Tony Ennis's answer and Steve Lovell's comment there are a couple of words that refer to old/dilapidated/wrecked boats (such as hulk, wreck and scow) that may be used, but... ...As has ...
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A possibly modern derogatory term for housewife

@livresque's answer makes the most sense to me of the answers here, but with the context you give in comments, I think "Stepford wife" would also be a useful term. It has stronger negative ...
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