berk

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See also: Berk and bərk

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cockney rhyming slang, an ellipsis and clipping of Berkeley Hunt, a prominent hunt at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, to mean cunt, q.v.

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Noun[edit]

berk (plural berks)

  1. (UK, slang, derogatory, possibly vulgar) Synonym of cunt in its various senses, (now especially somewhat endearing) a fool, a prat, a twit, etc. [1930]
    • 2006 Feb. 3, Graham Linehan, The IT Crowd, Season 1, Episode 2:
      I don't know why they couldn't just keep it as it was! How hard is it to remember 911?
      You mean 999...
      I mean 999!
      That's the American one!
      Yeah!
      You berk.

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Usage notes[edit]

Although the term remains in fairly wide use, its specific origin and meaning in rhyming slang is less well known, lessening its vulgarity. In particular, berk is almost never parsed as gendered in the way cunt often is.

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References[edit]

  • "berk" in Chambers Dictionary
  • "berk" in Jonathon Green's Cassell's Dictionary of Slang →ISBN

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From berr (cf. derk from derr).

Noun[edit]

berk m (indefinite plural berqe, definite singular berku, definite plural berqet)

  1. goat
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *bardz(i)ka, from *bardza > bardhë (white). Similar sense development as in barmë.[1]

Noun[edit]

berk m (indefinite plural berqe, definite singular berku, definite plural berqet)

  1. (botany) sapwood, alburnum
  2. (dialectal) bark
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Orel, Vladimir (1998), “berk”, in Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Leiden, Boston, Cologne: Brill, →ISBN, page 21

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch berke, from Old Dutch *berka, from Proto-West Germanic *berku, from Proto-Germanic *berkō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerHǵós.

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Noun[edit]

berk m (plural berken, diminutive berkje n)

  1. birch, tree of the genus Betula
    Synonym: berkenboom

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: berk

French[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

berk

  1. Alternative form of beurk: yuck!

Turkish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish برك(berk), from Proto-Turkic *berk (mighty). Related to pek.

Adjective[edit]

berk

  1. strong, hard, robust, violent
    Synonyms: sert, katı
  2. heroic
  3. firm, solid
    Synonym: sağlam

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish برق(berk), from Arabic بَرْق(barq).

Noun[edit]

berk (definite accusative berki, plural berkler) (archaic)

  1. lightning

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