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.

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berk (plural berks)

  1. (UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, slang, derogatory, vulgar) Synonym of cunt in its various senses, (now especially somewhat endearing) a fool, a prat, a twit, etc. [1930]
    • 2003 July 12, Nicholas Lezard, “Ad execs quoting Gramsci? Only in France”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      His chat-up techniques have to be read to be imagined—they make the crudest of Loaded-style berks seem classy—and he earns far, far too much money.
    • 2006 February 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.

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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Albanian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From berr (cf. derk from derr).

Noun[edit]

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

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

  1. ^ Orel, Vladimir E. (1998), “berk”, in Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Leiden; Boston; Köln: 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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berk m (plural berken, diminutive berkje n)

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

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  • Afrikaans: berk

French[edit]

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berk

  1. Alternative form of beurk: yuck!

Old Norse[edit]

Contraction[edit]

berk

  1. (bragarmál) Contraction of ber ek.

Turkish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ottoman Turkishبرك(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 Turkishبرق(berk), from Arabicبَرْق(barq).

Noun[edit]

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

  1. lightning

References[edit]

  • Nişanyan, Sevan (2002–), “berk2”, in Nişanyan Sözlük
  • Avery, Robert et al., editors (2013) The Redhouse Dictionary Turkish/Ottoman English, 21st edition, Istanbul: Sev Yayıncılık, →ISBN