What Is a ‘Swot’? Boris Johnson Gives a Schoolboy Insult a New Political Life
In the Brexit debate, the prime minister resorted to a put-down that goes back 150 years.
New word on the street for
: Swot. A British schoolboy insult. AD:
So, what the heck is a "swot"?
Swots, bulies, cissies, milksops greedy guts and oiks. Your primer on Boris Johnson's British schoolboy argot, courtesy
Boris Johnson is still relying on an arsenal of schoolboy insults like "girly swot." But what's a "swot"? My latest for
In this weekend's
Review section: Boris Johnson's puerile putdown for David Cameron is "girly swot." But what's a "swot"?
What's a "swot"? In America, someone who’s super-studious might get faulted as a “grind” or a “wonk.” Britain’s prime minister resurfaced a more colorful label, with
on the case.