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Before I share today’s WotD I feel I should just say that not every slang word we use in Blighty is an insult … reading my selections here in cheap_as_chips you would probably think they were!

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!
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Date:April 19th, 2004 05:19 pm (UTC)
So... is it pronounced "Pill-UCK," or "Pill-AHK"? Enquiring minds must know.
Date:April 19th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry ... it's pill-ock!
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