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cretin: /kret´in/, /kree´tn/, n.

Congenital loser; an obnoxious person; someone who can't do anything right. It has been observed that many American hackers tend to favor the British pronunciation /kret´in/ over standard American /kree´tn/; it is thought this may be due to the insidious phonetic influence of Monty Python's Flying Circus.