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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 78. The word origin today is" jerk. " Now

  • remember of course, jerk can have many meanings, but the one we're looking at

  • the origin of is when jerk means like an annoying person or a stupid person. This

  • is where ... this is the origin that we're covering today. So let's look at the note

  • here. If someone calls another person a jerk, it means that person is stupid

  • annoying or does things that are not kind. Yeah. We especially use it for that

  • too. Women tend to use this term more often

  • about men. Yes. Sometimes we call a person a jerk just because they're not smart or

  • they're an idiot or they do stupid things. But a lot of times it's because

  • they do unkind things. I think a lot of women sometimes they'll break up with a

  • guy or the guy did stupid things that women often refer to some men as a jerk.

  • However, it's not limited to men. Anyone could use it about anyone else. So a

  • woman could be called a jerk too. But I still think it's a lot more common the

  • other way around. Jerk as a verb can have the meaning to

  • make a sudden strong pull like, like something like that. That could be a jerk

  • that could be a noun as well too but that's not the noun we're covering. But

  • the meaning of a verb is connected to the word jerk meaning an annoying person.

  • So that's why it's important we cover that. All right. Let's continue. The origin

  • meaning a stupid, annoying person goes back to the days of steam engines. At one

  • time, trains ran on steam, and they ... and they needed a lot of water to be

  • refilled often. In order to deal with this they had to create a lot of water

  • stops. The water stops were just like big water towers with long chains hanging

  • and they needed to be jerked. They needed to be pulled or they need to be jerked

  • to make the water flow out. Towns started to develop around these towers and they

  • were referred to as water towns. Okay. People who lived in

  • these towns were not thought of highly. Maybe they were thought of as stupid or

  • a low-class or not educated or something like that. And started to be called jerks.

  • This is what the word jerk actually came from. That was the origin of it. Although,

  • now we just use it to mean really more of an annoying person or a stupid person

  • or a person that does kind of mean things and things that's not nice. Okay,

  • And this would be one typical example of how we use it today. You know, especially

  • again this is a girl probably angry at some guy or maybe the friends are

  • talking to the girl. Forget about your ex-boyfriend. He's just

  • a jerk. You can do much better than him. You know this is a typical way that we

  • hear the word jerk used today. Okay Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope you

  • enjoyed it. I hope you thought it was informative. Thank you for your time. Bye-

  • bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 78. The word origin today is" jerk. " Now


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英語家教Nick P 詞源 ( 78 ) Jerk (惱人的人或白痴) (English Tutor Nick P Word Origins ( 78) Jerk (Annoying Person or Idiot ))

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