When I was growing up, "polecat" was a pejorative description, at least for slang purposes.
There were more serious definitions, as the Urban Dictionary points out, but I miss the quietly insulting words like "skunk" or "rat" or "polecat." No need to go overboard with fucking-this and fucking-that as if we were all six years old again. Skunks, rats and polecats were down to earth. They were identifiable. They could, on more than one occasion, deserve a good "thrashing." And further, "polecat" was just a fun word.Older American Slang: a scoundrel, usually male; an unlikable or contemptible fellow"If that polecat comes on my farm to steal my cow I will have my trusty gun and loyal dog a-waitin' fer him"
Mind you, I like cussing as well, if not better than, the next fellow, but the overuse of any word is a little like the invitation to say "banana" one hundred times fast ... it just runs out of steam and is needlessly demeaned. "Fuck" is a good word ... and yes, I can hear the connections being made between "fuck" and "banana."
But what ever happened to the quiet stamp of disapproval that once surrounded the succulent "polecat?"