Public Service Announcement: Wankers and Jerk-Offs

It seems to me that sometimes, our American cousins are utterly bewildered and confuzzled by certain terms in common use in other English dialects. One of the more notable examples of this is the word wanker.

It’s really quite simple:

A wanker is a jerk-off is a masturbator.

Wanking is jerking off is masturbating or masturbation –
depending on whether you’re using the words as verbs or nouns.

There are certain American sources that describe the word wanker as ‘a British insult’ or words to that effect. This is because either they honestly do not know the meaning (which is possible, but speaks poorly of their Google Fu) or because they do know, but are being coy about it (i.e. acting like wankers).

In either case, they now have no further excuse.

This has been a public service announcement from The Centre Cannot Hold.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled life.

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