Classical Usage: In Part Four Chapter V we get a good taste of Porfiry’s interrogation style. I think he plays the classic good cop/bad cop routine all by himself. It’s impressive. But it’s driving Raskolnikov insane. Wait. Maybe Raskolnikov is already insane. Anywho, Porfiry’s teasing him about something behind the door when Rask finally loses it and shouts, “You’re lying, you damned punchinello!”
Classically Mad Usage: Are you kidding me?!? I’m always looking for a good obscure insult. I’ve never in fact used any of them in an audible fashion. But in my head, I crack myself up. Like a punchinello.