First, I’m well aware that the term “barbarian” is relative, that it or an equivalent is often used towards any “foreigner,” and that plenty of “barbarian” peoples were no slouches in building cities and urban societies, and didn’t just sail/ride around all day decapitating people.
But still…is there anything approaching an actual historical term that a stereotypical “barbarian” might use for civilized “city folk”? Especially if in the derogative?
The closest I can think of is Skraeling—the Old Norse term used for the indigenous peoples of the New World and Greenland, and meaning basically…well, “barbarian” or “savage.” Not unexpected, as noted in the paragraph above, but not what I’m looking for.
Hey, like I said, it’s probably a stupid question. But it’s an unfamiliar enough subject for me that I had to at LEAST double check, to be sure.
So…can anyone help?