Re: Sorry

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Thu Jul 12 2001 - 09:51:24 MDT

Ziana Astralos wrote:
> On Thu, 12 July 2001, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> > What does "plonk" mean and what does it have to do
> > with implying that the person posting that tirade
> > speaks for the list? Judging from the responses,
> > whoever it was definitely does not speak for the
> > list.
> " plonk excl.,vt.
> [Usenet: possibly influenced by British slang 'plonk'
> for cheap booze, or 'plonker' for someone behaving
> stupidly (latter is lit. equivalent to Yiddish
> 'schmuck')] The sound a newbie makes as he falls to
> the bottom of a kill file. While it originated in the
> newsgroup talk.bizarre, this term (usually
> written "*plonk*") is now (1994) widespread on Usenet
> as a form of public ridicule. "

Why is it the jargon people come up with really dumb (and always, it
seems, British) sources for words? I just use the word to represent a
turd impacting a cesspool in a septic tank, which seems to be a far more
appropriate source....

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