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"If we were sometimes arrogant little berks, you mean..."
-- Sirius Black (OP29)

 

Berk

Definition

British slang for idiot

Idiot, objectionable person. The word is actually derived from a very crude and offensive bit of rhyming slang, but in this form is considered to be inoffensive.

  • Sirius Black described himself and James Potter as "arrogant little berks" to justify the bullying of Severus Snape which Harry accidentally witnessed in one of Snape's Pensieve memories (OP29).
  • Aberforth Dumbledore described Dumbledore's friend Elphias Doge as an "old berk" who "thought the sun shone out of my brother’s every orifice" (DH28).

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