Writing & Editing Top 10 rare and amusing insults Want to cut someone deep? Try calling him a cockalorum. Wait, you don’t know what a cockalorum is? Why it’s a “boastful and self-important person; a strutting little fellow.” Merriam-Webster collected 10 of these old-timey insults. Amusing stuff. By Merriam-WebsterFeb. 20, 2011 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.