Young Whippersnapper

Found this uncredited 1998 story, in the “World” section of the Ottawa Citizen (January 17, 1998: A11):

A court in Cologne, Germany said yesterday it had banned a 22 year-old man from driving for four and a half months for shouting “typical woman” at a female driver. The male driver, who was not named, was also fined $1,400 for insulting behaviour after losing his temper when the oncoming female driver failed to let him pass in a street where cars were parked on both sides. The judge rejected the male driver’s plea that he had been provoked after the 36 year-old woman called him a “young whippersnapper”.

Given low tolerance levels going back years, wonder if there is much road rage in Germany. Yes, there is, though don’t know how comparatively frequent:

Thought “whippersnapper” was a minor insult. According to Merriam-Webster, the insult is not necessarily minor:

Full Definition of WHIPPERSNAPPER

: a diminutive, insignificant, or presumptuous person


alteration of snippersnapper
First Known Use: 1700


Synonyms; cipher, dwarf, half-pint, insect, insignificancy, lightweight, morsel, nonentity, nothing, nullity, number, pip-squeak, pygmy (also pigmy), shrimp, snippersnapper, twerp, nobody, zero, zilch

Could snippersnapper be worse…?

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