Britishisms That Americans Might Struggle To Understand

Knackered

If you overheard a discussion where someone describes themselves as Knackered, it means they probably had a busy night the night before! The word means worn out, exhausted, or damaged due to overuse. Brits may use it for someone who seems like a walking zombie due to tiredness or a damaged CD player. 

Image Credits: Unsplash

Image Credits: Unsplash

Some people think the word originated from a ‘knacker,’ someone who buys up old horses and then kills them for their meat, bones, or leather. But a more colloquial use of the word refers to someone who is tired due to intense sexual activity. But the former meaning is implied mostly when the Brits use the word.

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