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Is there any informal, figurative and rather impolite way of calling someone lazy? Any slang etc.?

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A 'couch potato' is a term for a lathargic person who is not associated with any form of aerobic activity.

chad July 29, 2004 @ 11:38PM

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OK, to sort these...

"Layabout" and "lazy-ass" (noun and adjective respectively) are used for someone who is expected to perform and simply neglects to do so.

A "vegetable" is someone who, through some disability, is incapable of significant movement and thought. carriegood's mom was using it in a hyperbolic way, just joking.

A bum is, strictly speaking, a homeless beggar who wanders around asking for handouts and sometimes is willing to work in return. You mostly hear it spoken as, "You lazy bum," where the speaker is comparing his target to a good-for-nothing vagrant loser.

"Slacker," my personal favorite, is a newish word used by younger people to refer to someone who just never tried very hard to do well for himself in the first place.

"Lump" and "slug" are old (but still good!) words that a Renaissance speaker would completely understand. They just compare the target to something slow, dull, and useless.

"Flaneur?" Is that English? I don't think that's English.

speedwell2 August 23, 2004 @ 12:12AM

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I think the word wanted is "schlemiel."

speedwell2 December 6, 2004 @ 8:00AM

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