What's the term in English to describe this kind of person?

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17 Mar 2009, 5:21 pm

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The technical term, I think, is "Jerk" for Americans and "Wanker" for Brits.

The term also implies auto eroticism, or, as women would have it, inadequacy.



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17 Mar 2009, 5:22 pm

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So what's the term in the UK?


Well, I'd still say 'flippant'. Or 'facetious', as someone else said. 'Wanker' is rather broad - it can refer to a whole variety of behaviours, and of course is subjective. Some people (in fact quite a lot of people in the UK) enjoy other people's flippancy, and they'd use terms like 'hilarious' or 'brilliant' rather than 'wanker'.



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17 Mar 2009, 5:23 pm

Yeah, "flippant" is a good word.

Also, "impudent", "irreverent", "sarcastic", "cheeky", "satirical", "mocking", "farcical" and "facetious".

These are synonyms that came up, that I think best match your description.



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17 Mar 2009, 5:50 pm

capriwim wrote:
Greentea wrote:
So what's the term in the UK?


Well, I'd still say 'flippant'. Or 'facetious', as someone else said. 'Wanker' is rather broad - it can refer to a whole variety of behaviours, and of course is subjective. Some people (in fact quite a lot of people in the UK) enjoy other people's flippancy, and they'd use terms like 'hilarious' or 'brilliant' rather than 'wanker'.


Yeah, but then the people who'd say this guy was 'hilarious' or 'brilliant' could also no doubt be described as wankers! :wink:



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17 Mar 2009, 5:58 pm

In my hometown in the north of england, the most likely word begins with "C" and rhymes with punt. We are very sophisticated in debate :lol: :lol: .

With the optional addition, in face to face conversation with this kind of person, of the words "do you want a slap?"


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17 Mar 2009, 6:14 pm

Ligea_Seroua wrote:
In my hometown in the north of england, the most likely word begins with "C" and rhymes with punt. We are very sophisticated in debate :lol: :lol: .

With the optional addition, in face to face conversation with this kind of person, of the words "do you want a slap?"


Sounds like that could be Newcastle way? 8O


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17 Mar 2009, 6:18 pm

Leeds, but I seem to know a lot of equally polite people from Hartlepool. They would use more rude words.


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17 Mar 2009, 6:27 pm

Our word would be *sshole.



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17 Mar 2009, 6:55 pm

Marcia wrote:
capriwim wrote:
Greentea wrote:
So what's the term in the UK?


Well, I'd still say 'flippant'. Or 'facetious', as someone else said. 'Wanker' is rather broad - it can refer to a whole variety of behaviours, and of course is subjective. Some people (in fact quite a lot of people in the UK) enjoy other people's flippancy, and they'd use terms like 'hilarious' or 'brilliant' rather than 'wanker'.


Yeah, but then the people who'd say this guy was 'hilarious' or 'brilliant' could also no doubt be described as wankers! :wink:


Absolutely - if you're inclined to think of the guy as a wanker, you'd also be inclined to think of his admirers as wankers. And they'd probably think you were a wanker for sitting in judgement of their communication style (while they sit in judgement of your communication style) and so the wanker wars would begin!



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17 Mar 2009, 7:36 pm

Description of a creep topic

TROLL--IN PERSON, rather than on the internet. :evil:


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17 Mar 2009, 7:44 pm

i don't know.

they could be cripplingly shy and hide it behind bluster.
they could be a wanker.
they could be a tosser
a troll
a terminally arrogant barrister
a hateful person
a person who does not think before they speak


sadly and truthfully - on a really bad day it could be me.



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17 Mar 2009, 7:45 pm

Ligea_Seroua wrote:
Leeds, but I seem to know a lot of equally polite people from Hartlepool. They would use more rude words.


People in the north have their own f*****g dictionary :wink:


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17 Mar 2009, 7:47 pm

benjimanbreeg wrote:
Ligea_Seroua wrote:
Leeds, but I seem to know a lot of equally polite people from Hartlepool. They would use more rude words.


People in the north have their own f***ing dictionary :wink:


Nooo, it's mostly the same as Joe Pesci's :wink: :lol:


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17 Mar 2009, 7:48 pm

How long before the replies here start communicating exactly in this way? Do I detect I slight trend developing already?


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17 Mar 2009, 7:54 pm

lol


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17 Mar 2009, 9:34 pm

Fascinating question - and general topic ...

The english term that comes to mind, given your description, is
"glib" or "flippant".