字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 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.