"At least itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s clean, even if it sounds otherwise. The same canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be said of another Britishism, Ã¢â‚¬Å“wanker,Ã¢â‚¬Â which appears in U.S. publications more frequently than Ã¢â‚¬Å“gobsmacked.Ã¢â‚¬Â In this case, Ã¢â‚¬Å“wankerÃ¢â‚¬Â means just what you think it meansÃ¢â‚¬â€someone who is fond of, um, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s say self-love, or it could mean the object of his self-love. In British slang, Ã¢â‚¬Å“wankerÃ¢â‚¬Â is usually applied to someone who is lazy, indolent, or contemptible, and almost always to someone who is male. But on this side of the Atlantic, it seems to be used more often to mean someone who is merely a jerk (a term originating in American slang), not a jerk-off. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unclear whether the people using it here know its derivation, or would care."
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