There's a word in Old English, "aeglaca", which is used in the epic poem Beowulf to describe both the protagonist and his nemesis, Grendel. It can be translated a few ways — "well-known and feared warrior" or some variation being most common. But that sort of scholarly language sacrifices a lot of the relevance and connotation. I vastly prefer an alternative translation which I think preserves both: "notorious motherfucker". Beowulf and Grendel were both notorious motherfuckers. You don't fuck with a notorious motherfucker, or you get your fucking arm ripped off.
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This quote was added July 5, 2008.