Happy Birthday, Sard Face.

Is it really a birthday without being roasted by loved ones? Exactly. But there’s only so many times you can call them an old c***. We need new insults.

So, we asked Countdown legend Susie Dent to dig through historical dictionary archives to unearth foul mouth terms – from the Shakespearean version of the ‘F word’ to the Victorian slang for a ‘drunkard’.

The press lapped up this amusingly insulting story during the busiest birthday month of the year, with coverage appearing across a sard-load of national media.