One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An idle or incompetent person.
layabout, good-for-nothing, sluggard, slug, laggardView synonyms
- ‘Looks to me like you're the lurdan here.’
- ‘Whenever Africans try to economise their own resources, the overdeveloped countries, defensively defamate reason as lurdan, unhelpful, and primitive.’
Middle English: from Old French lourdin, from lourd ‘heavy’, lort ‘foolish’, from Latin luridus ‘lurid’.
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