What is a Wozzeck and where did the word come from?

A newcomer to the Oxford Dictionary, a Lancashire man claimed to have invented the word in 1970's, but I have heard it since the 1930's in Cumbria, or Cumberland as it was called then, usually someone was calling someone a stupid wazzeck who had done something really stupid.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I always spell it "Wazzock" or "Wassock".

    I'm not sure I can explain what it means - it's just a derogatory term for someone who has annoyed you!

    Maybe someone a bit simple....

    I don't know its origin but I found this:


    There was a record in the 1970s (I think) called "Capstick comes home" by Tony Capstick, and in it he calls his wife a "Spawny Eyed, Parrot-Faced Wazzock". It was a really funny record.

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  • Ollie
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    1 decade ago

    Hi,i had to check it out Found a opera called Wozzeck by

    Alban Berg 1885 - 1935

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  • 1 decade ago

    A Wazzock is the same as an "eejit" in Scotland. A wee person who is totally thick!!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    wazzock comes from the word wiseacre

    a wiseacre is one who pretends knowledge or cleverness, a smart alec (like me, who although have used this word growing up in Lincolnshire didn't know where it came from till I googled it)

    Wiseacre comes from Middle Dutch wijssegger, "a soothsayer,"

    gordon bennet, this googles good innit

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