On that note I’d like as the WotD to share one of my favourite insults …
• noun Brit. Informal a stupid person.
— ORIGIN from obsolete pillicock meaning penis.
Pillock … what a great word. Just love how it rolls of the tongue and it’s so very express. However, until today I was blissfully unaware that it was actually yet another euphemism for the male member (deriving from the word pillicock, 16th Century term for penis)
Today Pillock means idiot or fool … you can use it freely as it’s fairly inoffensive these days.
I did find another, highly unlikely but very entertaining, explanation for the word. Apparently a pillicock was a male animal with only one testicle, a member of the bullock family. Dare I say that sounds like total ‘bull shit’ ::audience groans::
It's funny, even if it's not true...
Suggested usage: Are you a total pillock?
D'yer hear about Fred … got drunk and lost his keys. What a pillock!