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Today’s WotD is: knackered adj. Chiefly British Very tired;… - Brit Speak

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Today’s WotD is:

knackered
adj. Chiefly British
Very tired; exhausted


Knackered (from the verb ‘Knacker’) has three meanings. The most common usage of ‘knackered’ is worn out, tired or exhausted (eg: “I missed the last train and had to walk home and now I’m absolutely knackered”)

It can also mean broken (eg “Can I come round and watch your telly as ours is knackered?”) or thwarted (prevented from succeeding at a task) (eg: “My car broke down so our holiday plans were knackered”).

The verb knacker can also mean to ruin something (eg “Keep fiddling with the light switch and you’ll knacker it”).

You can also use the adjective knackering in the place of tiring or exhausting (eg “Running for that train is the most knackering thing I’ve ever done”).

And to round things off, we finish with a little Cockney Rhyming Slang … cream crackered is rhyming slang for knackered !
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From:swmbo
Date:June 29th, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
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*snuggles up to you*

I'm knackered. I'm completely cream crackered!
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From:bogwitch
Date:June 29th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
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Exactly how I'm feeling today.
From:udarnitsa
Date:July 31st, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Don’t forget the original meaning: carted off to be slaughtered and turned into glue.
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From:moireach
Date:September 15th, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC)
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This is totally the most useful word ever. And heee, I've said cream crackered, without realizing where it came from.
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From:justin_wolf
Date:October 7th, 2004 01:02 am (UTC)

knackered

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What Udarnitsa said. Say, while we're in the 'K's, how about the background on Knocked For Six. I know it means stunned, shocked or suprised, but I'm curious about the etymology/origin. Ta.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 12th, 2004 08:27 am (UTC)

Knackers

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The noun Knackers means testicles.
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From:way2
Date:December 8th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
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I rather miss cheap as chips. Thank you for doing it as long as you did! Perhaps trying to bring us a WotD everyday got you knackered. Have you considered a Word of the Week, or even Month? Would love to see the journal continue.


From:ex_limeybean266
Date:January 3rd, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
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To "knacker" someone also means to have sex with them, don't you know. XD *Britlander*
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