A recent Language Log posting of mine on the rise of douche as an insult (directed at people) elicited a number of comments on the older, longer insult douchebag. And now (I suppose predictably) we have the portmanteau douchefag, which I came across in a feature in the December 2009 issue of Details magazine but which seems to have been around for a while.
(Details is aimed at cool guys, both straight and gay.)
The piece is entitled “The Rise of the Douchefag” — announced on the cover as “Introducing the G-Bag: A Guide to the Gay Douchebag” and summarized inside this way:
The fist-bumping, Bluetooth-wearing dude’s dude isn’t the only tool in the box. Meet the douchefag–a plucked, preened party boy who’s taken being gay to new depths of tackiness.
After that it’s a side-by-side snarky comparison between Gay and Gay Douchebag, with items like:
Bleaches teeth VS. Bleaches anus
Dead lifts to shape his butt VS. Buys shapewear to dead lift his butt
Buys a Beckham jersey on eBay VS. Buys Beckham’s underwear on eBay
Posts sleeveless pictures on Connexion VS. Posts pantsless pictures on Manhunt
It goes on and on.