Words at Play : Top 10 Favorite British Words, Vol. 2

#8: Wonky

Definition:

awry; wrong

Example:

"Master Jedi and purveyor of wonky syntax Yoda (Star Wars) has been known to impart wisdom of the rufty tufty variety..." – Daniel Bettridge, Guardian.co.uk, June 24, 2011

About the Word:

Wonky, which dates to 1918, probably evolved from wankle, meaning "unstable" or "unsteady." (As for the charming "rufty tufty," it generally means "rough" or "coarse.")

Photo: Barron Fujimoto / flickr

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