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Started by thismorning on Jun 12, 2019 5:23:05 PM
"Jerk" an interesting word, or not?

Earliest popular use in USA may be "soda jerk". Since then it has become a solid part of the language. Odd though that it is only applied to the male, never the female. I smell sexism this morning.

JerkinMcGherkin - 12 Jun 2019 18:46:44 (#1 of 22)

Hello little thread.

thismorning - 12 Jun 2019 18:50:55 (#2 of 22)

This is not going to go well, is it?

browserbutton - 12 Jun 2019 18:53:32 (#3 of 22)

I am fond of jerk chicken -- best enjoyed on a beach in Jamaica.

indlovubill - 12 Jun 2019 18:58:44 (#4 of 22)

Odd though that it is only applied to the male, never the female.

Not true, I once encountered a young American lady who had the nickname jerk-off.

thismorning - 12 Jun 2019 19:00:32 (#5 of 22)

I'll remember that the next time I am on a beach in Jamaica. I mean the chicken not the chick.

nolongerstumpy - 12 Jun 2019 19:17:17 (#6 of 22)

Jag-off, ffs.

thismorning - 12 Jun 2019 21:27:00 (#7 of 22)

quoting from a James Bond movie with which I am unfamiliar I assume.

Dubris - 12 Jun 2019 21:30:52 (#8 of 22)

I wouldn't worry too much about "jerk" being primarily used about men. After all, there are plenty of insults primarily used about women, aren't there? It's not an area of language to go competing for (dis)honour.

thismorning - 12 Jun 2019 21:32:31 (#9 of 22)


Dubris - 12 Jun 2019 21:35:04 (#10 of 22)

Sorry, my sense of smell is different to yours.

Impedimenta - 12 Jun 2019 21:39:14 (#11 of 22)

What was a soda jerk?

HorstVogel - 12 Jun 2019 21:41:46 (#12 of 22)

there's even a wiki entry:

SinnerBoy - 13 Jun 2019 10:17:33 (#13 of 22)

Ah, a pop wallah.

RosyLovelady - 13 Jun 2019 11:42:30 (#14 of 22)

A jerk is an ineffectual wanker, surely.

FredDee - 13 Jun 2019 18:21:03 (#15 of 22)

I've had to invent my own definition of jerk.

It has to do with a particular style of busdriving and/or busdriver.

Now all drivers have to slam on the brakes every now and then.

But ime there are SOME busdrivers who make a point of braking several times between every single busstop. The technical term for these drivers is jerks.

And it is paranoia to think that they drive this way in order literally to trip up me personally.Which is why I hold on tight to bars etc. at all times.

thismorning - 13 Jun 2019 21:02:07 (#16 of 22)

If Charles Dickens was still riding the bus he would probably think the same thing, perhaps while working on a novel about a bus driver named Andrew McJerkins but then he would wander through grave yards looking for something better..

surferboogiewhatever - 14 Jun 2019 15:43:11 (#17 of 22)

The technical term for these drivers is jerks.

The reverse of what those drivers do was responsible for one of my best unintentional double entendres (unfortunately uttered in front of my son when he was at just the right age to find it hilarious): "Don't you just hate it when the driver jerks off before you have a chance to sit down properly?"

Agaliarept - 14 Jun 2019 15:48:21 (#18 of 22)

I've taken to sitting on the lower deck on the bus now as the driver always jerks off when I'm halfway up the stairs.

thismorning - 14 Jun 2019 17:43:53 (#19 of 22)

halfway up the stairs is what makes it poetry I'd say. Or at least J.D. Salinger at his best.

RosyLovelady - 14 Jun 2019 17:52:09 (#20 of 22)

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