Old European tales are filled with truculent, bullying, and aggressive characters who argue a great deal. Who could forget the grumpy, bad-tempered, and truculent troll who jealously guarded the passage across his stone bridge in “The Three Billy Goats Gruff?” Also memorable is the savage, hostile, truculent giant in “Jack and the Beanstalk” who chases Jack down from his castle in the sky, swinging his club in violent anger.
Quiz: When is someone being truculent?
- When they act in an aggressive and quarrelsome way.
- When they tell a number of falsehoods for their own purposes.
- When they are hopeless or lost—and do not know what to do about it.