The Wine Wanker

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Here We Go!

In the words of Mark Shield (R.I.P) when asked "What was is your favourite wine?"
His reply:
"The next one!"

Stay Tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 06, 2004

Explication of wanker

(a) a kind of person
(b) people of this kind think something like this:
(c) ‘I am someone very good’
(d) ‘I know many things’
(e) ‘other people don’t know these things’
(f) ‘I want other people to know what I think about things’
(g) people of this kind want other people to think good things about them
(h) because of this, they say many good things about themselves
(i) when they do this they feel something good
(j) other people don’t want to hear people say things like this
(k) people think it is bad to be like this
(l) some people think it is bad to say this word

The attitudinal components (c), (d) and (e) indicate the typical arrogance and egotism of a wanker. They feel a sense of material, social and intellectual superiority over other people. A wanker perceives themselves to be knowledgeable and in possession of information that is inaccessible or material goods that are unattainable to other people.

Line (f) explains that a wanker is opinionated and feel their opinion is valuable. Self-absorbed and egotistical they are extroverted, confident, highly opinionated and dogmatic in their interaction with other people as a result of their exaggerated and delusional self-perception.

Components (g), (h) and (i) indicate that a wanker is boastful, brags, is self-indulgent and feels a sense of superiority. Line (j) indicates that although wankers perceive themselves to be important and impressive others see them as annoying and vainglorious. A wanker is a selfish, inconsiderate conversationalist. They are solely concerned with discussing their own interests, oblivious to their co-conversationalists.

Component (k) suggests that a wanker is socially reproved for their bad social behaviour. Line (l) suggests that the word is perceived as socially unacceptable. Wanker is a mildly offensive term due to the sexual connotations of the term. In the progressive social climate of Australia ‘some’ although very few people may take offence at hearing this word. Wanker is widely accepted and used frequently in the media.

More about Wanking!

There are many related phrases in Australian English, including: to be full of it, he’s up himself, he’s got tickets on himself (although these phrases can be applied to men and women, including wanker itself), know- it- all and dick puller. Corpora analysis has revealed the following collocations: smug wanker, egotistical wanker, pretentious wanker, arrogant wanker, obnoxious wanker, conceited wanker, opinionated wanker. There are also ‘empty’ modifiers that serve to highlight and emphasise the insult, e.g. total wanker, real wanker, complete wanker, absolute wanker, utter wanker.

Australia is often labelled as an egalitarian society. McFadyen (1995:6) states that Australia has become renowned as a country without social classes and with a strong commitment to social equality, where “no one is better than anyone else and there is no ingrained authority structures”.

This environment has given rise to the socially levelling tall poppy syndrome. (A person who stands out from the crowd by being successful, wealthy, or famous may be called a tall poppy. It is often remarked that Australians have a tendency to ‘cut’ tall poppies down to size by denigrating them, to rubbish or knock them, if they are conceited in their success.). Australian culture disapproves of the vain, useless wanker with ‘superior’ airs, instead valuing and glorifying figures of tangible success and humility such as the unsung hero and the quiet achiever. Wanker is evolving in some phrasal usage to refer to a person who is a snob in regards to a subject already perceived as pretentious, e.g. wine wanker, fashion wanker, car wanker. Wanker was originally a British English epithet and is still common to the UK. One theory claims wanker is derived from a 19th century Yorkshire dialect meaning simpleton (Green 1998). Other varieties of English have near synonyms, e.g. jerk (US and Canadian English) although this is closer in meaning to arsehole. Tosser (British English) has parallels to wanker and also has connotations of stupidity. A new acronym, figjam, is an acronym for fuck I’m good, just ask me and may have originated in New Zealand.

Examples of Usage: wanker

(1) “It is good that Australians are generally unpretentious. Often it is also good that Australians are able to be direct and straightforward in their communication. The Australian abhorrence of pretension comes out in some strange ways. No one wants to be seen as ‘a wanker’. Everyone wants to be seen as ordinary. No one wants to be seen as getting either above him or herself. If they do they will be knocked down by the others.” Conversations, Margo Kingston, Sydney Morning Herald, 17/07/01

(2) “People will think you’re a conceited wanker if you do this.” How to be a Man (p.216).

(3) “They turned into a bunch of obnoxious wankers!” (Collected online 7/07/2002)

(4) “Most people at school thought he was a pretentious wanker.” Manchester revives past glories through music, Stephanie Bunbury The Age, 20/07/02

(5) “I want to say ‘I’m a nice bloke ... read my books’ but it’s difficult to say that and not sound like a total wanker.” (Collected online 16/08/2004)

(6) “As your arty wanker friends will tell you, life imitates art.” (Collected 16/08/2004)

(7) “With a bit of imagination you’ll be able to identify hints of all kinds of different things berry, lemon, spice, oak, and toast are the sorts of things you hear wine wankers rabbiting on about at length.

(8) “[He] was a vain, erratic, arrogant, self-centred and stubborn wanker.” Come off it. Quit Mincing about and Sink the Boot in. Andrew Masterson, The Age, 28/10/01

(9) “You may call him a wanker, particularly for his statement that his current album is the greatest Australian release yet.” (Collected 7/05/03)

(10) “A wanker is usually a self praising individual who pleases no one but themselves.” (Collected 7/05/2003)