Posted: Jun 25, 2015 4:31 pm
by Blackadder
THWOTH wrote:'Wanker' is a British colloquialism, a pejorative sobriquet for one who wantonly indulges in onanistic pleasure. It's relatively mild as pejoratives go.

What a simply delightful and erudite explanation of the vernacular. I would add only that it is not often used in its literal sense but rather to describe behaviour that is ignorant or selfish. For example it is commonly employed when delivering an unsolicited and informal appraisal of the driving skills (or lack thereof) of other road users.