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« on: September 20, 2018, 09:24:40 PM »

Dunno if we have any on this board, but I'm sure SOMEONE will know this...

In general, what "level" of insult is "wanker"?  

I mean, is it a mild one like "goofball" or "dummy", bit more serious like, "jerk" or "idiot", or maybe a mild swear word territory like "a***ole"?
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2018, 12:20:19 AM »

Mild swear. Jerk isn't really one that is used in the UK, but idiot would be a kids playground insult (say under 12). Once you get to your teenage years you'd be more inclined to call someone a wanker and it cause offence. By the time you are an adult, you'd be more likely to laugh and say "Yeah, you telling me you don't?"
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2018, 09:31:36 AM »

The Afrikaans version of that word is "draad trekker" [dhraad trekker] meaning wire puller  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2018, 12:41:50 PM »

"Wanker" is the same as "Jerk off" or clinically, "masturbator". 

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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2018, 05:02:33 AM »

Depending on context in Australia it can even be a term of endearment (albeit rarely).

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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2018, 06:57:42 AM »

We all have 'f**k!' in common! Cheers

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