Berk (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Berk"?

Berk is derogatory term for an idiot or a fool, but it is considered less harsh.

Actually, the term is derived from cockney rhyming slang. It is a shortened version of Berkshire Hunt, which suggests it shouldn't be considered less harsh at all!

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