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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 month ago

Am I right in thinking that 'spunk' and 'jerking off' mean something entirely different in U.S. English to what they mean in British English?

Here in the U.K., spunk's a vulgar word for 'semen' and 'jerking off' means 'masturbating' or 'having a ****', as we say over here in the U.K., but I've heard 'spunk' being used like this in movies: 'The kid's got some spunk!', and I've also heard 'jerking off' being used like this: 'Quit jerking off, guys. We ain't got time for this ****!' Both examples were used in American movies, and both examples suggest to me that they both mean something entirely different in America, compared to the U.K., but what do they mean over there? 


I don't think I've ever heard them being used in those particular contexts before. 

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
    Favorite Answer

    'The kid's got some spunk!

    'The kid's got some energy!

    never heard it used as semen in US

    jerking off can mean a few things

    'Quit jerking off, guys. We ain't got time for this ****!' 

    'Quit wasting time, guys.

    'Quit goof off, guys.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The original use of "spunk" was to mean energy, courage, confidence. It's possible that it's used in the locker room to mean semen, but not by anyone I know. "Jerking off" can mean both being lazy, not getting to work, and masturbating. But I suspect that what you heard in movies was "jerking around", which is more common for "not getting anything done."

    The Urban Dictionary defines jerking off as meaning both masturbating and procrastinate. 

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