April 13th, 2004

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Ever stuck for a mild form abuse for that colleague that just cannot fathom out how to change the toner?

Well you need today’s WotD ...

• noun
Brit. Informal a foolish or inept person.
ORIGIN originally a dialect word meaning something large of its kind: from PLONK1.

• verb 1 set down heavily or carelessly. 2 play unskilfully on a musical instrument.
• noun a sound as of something being set down heavily.
ORIGIN imitative.]

The use of the word Plonker as a mild form of abuse was popularised by the British sitcom, Only Fools and Horses, mainly directed at the hapless Rodney Trotter by his older brother and wannabe wheeler-dealer, Del-Boy Trotter.

Derek ‘Del-Boy’ Trotter: “Don’t be a total plonker, Rodney”

Plonker had it’s heyday in the late 80s/early 90s but is still fairly popular today.

As you have realised now us Brits, as a nation, have our minds and sense of humour planted firmly in the toilet – therefore you will not be surprised to find out that plonker is also a euphemism for the male member (so to speak!).

Another variation on the theme would be:

you’re pulling my plonker - taking the mickey, poking fun at me