Lexicographer Ben Zimmer on the etymology of wazzock.

A British MP Called Donald Trump a Wazzock. What’s a Wazzock?

A British MP Called Donald Trump a Wazzock. What’s a Wazzock?

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Feb. 8 2016 10:22 AM

A British MP Called Donald Trump a Wazzock. What’s a Wazzock?

A peculiar insult from the north of England has the Oxford English Dictionary stumped.

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Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word wazzock with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on the word, visit Zimmer’s Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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