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Old 10-15-2011, 05:47 AM   #173
ivansc
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Originally Posted by Kundalinguist View Post
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Pillock:
Noun for Idiot, fool. Originally a slang term for the penis but fairly inoffensive now its this meaning has been forgotten. Derog. ref British Slang Dictionary
You silly pillock, why did you do that for?
We tend to use it to someone who deliberately acts foolish for humouristic effect. And generally when you agree it was funny (as in this case)

When it is used ABOUT a third party,(Him? What a bleeding pillock!) it becomes er insulting again. See also Prat Twat and Berk.*

Canada, USA, etc and England - lands united AND divided by a single language.

*Not to be confused with Prat Twat and Pillock, the well known firm of Glasgow solicitors.
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