Word of the week – Wosbird

My family bought me a copy of David Crystal’s The Disappearing Dictionary for my last birthday. We spent the next couple of hours coming up with descriptions of each other drawn completely from that book. ‘Wosbird’ is one of the gems contained within that compilation of lost English dialect words and, I have to say, one of our favourite words…

Wosbird or wuzbird: a noun which is a term of abuse for a good-for-nothing person. Also means an ‘illegitimate child’ as it is a local pronunciation of whore’s brood.