One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A male member of the RAF of the lowest rank.
- ‘Ron Swain has never forgotten the years he spent as a conscript in the UK Armed Forces, his two-year stint as an ‘erk’ in the Royal Air Force in 1952-3 having been particularly eventful.’
- ‘One day you were an erk and the next day you were commissioned.’
- ‘I was showing a new erk round the aircraft.’
Expressing panic or dismay.‘Erk! What's that?’
- ‘Kershat and Elan are totally new, and I've even got tons of their lives planned out… erk.’
- ‘However, he is an incredibly intelligent (his postgraduate study was in linguistics… erk!) and instantly likeable man who was only too happy to chat with me.’
- ‘Well, now I'm 25 mature and sophisticated years old and - erk - growing up.’
- ‘I won't even mention the one where he plays a single dad erk!’
1920s: of unknown origin.
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