Plonk


Plonk

"Plonk can mean poor quality wine in U.K. and Australian English, evidently a loan from French "blanc", white wine."

Plonk is a Usenet jargon term for adding a particular poster to one's kill file such that the poster's future postings are completely ignored. It was first used in 1989 and by 1994Fact|date=February 2007 was a commonly used term on Usenet regarding kill file additions.

The word is an example of onomatopoeia, intended to humorously represent the supposed sound [cite web | title=The first *plonk*| url=http://rs79.vrx.net/works/usenet/terms/plonk/ | publisher=Richard Sexton, VRx | date=25 February 2008 | accessdate=2008-02-25] of the user hitting the kill file. It is also sometimes given as an acronym standing for Please Log Off, Net Kook, though this is likely a backronym. Other used expressions are "put lamer on killfile" [http://groups.google.com/groups?q=put+lamer+on+killfile] and Please Leave Our Newsgroup: Killfile!

It is also used as a verb: "I plonked that idiot Tom". As a public repudiation of the plonked poster, it is appended to the end of one's reply (or may constitute the entire reply).

The term's usage later expanded to include the use of e-mail filters that delete incoming messages that meet certain filter criteria set by the receiving user, so block messages from annoying senders. It has also often been figuratively used on BBSes, webboards, blogs, and wikis (which usually do not actually have filters), and is occasionally used in reference to blocking a user on an IM protocol.

First known use

The [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.flame/browse_thread/thread/b1e46797b46e0466/c95ebcc28b56e714?lnk=st&q=%22*plonk*%22&rnum=2&hl=en#c95ebcc28b56e714 first known use] was in 1989 by a Richard Sexton in the alt.flame newsgroup.

>>Please refrain from posting to talk.bizarre until such time as you>>cease to be an asshole and become at least one of: bizarre, creative,>>or entertaining. You are welcome to dump your rotting ordure in rec.humor>>or some similar group where your fellow mental defectives congregate.

>Make me.

*plonk*

Recent example use

John Q. Public wrote:> No ramps were used to build the GP Great Pyramid, and well as the 2 main> others... another technique far more developed that the one even used now.

*plonk* and yet another killfile entry!

In this case the respondent has plonked John Q. Public and emphasized the point.

Other uses

*"Plonk" is also used in British English as slang for cheap, low-quality wine (from the French word "blanc" for white wine). This usage dates back to World War I and was originally Australian. [http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-plo1.htm] There is a radio show / podcast about wine named "Plonk" on Australian community radio station 3RRR. [http://www.rrr.org.au/podcast.php]
*Plonker is a mild insult.
* Old British slang for a female police officer.
*As a verb or adjective in Australian & New Zealander English, "plonk" is used to describe the action of a physical object making contact with or striking another, for example: "Plonk yourself down on the couch" or "Just let me plonk my wallet on the counter" [http://www.nzonair.govt.nz/news.php&news_id=86] . The word is not typically used in formal conversation, and is used generally in more friendly, casual situations.

ee also

*Internet troll
*/dev/null

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  • Plonk — est un terme du jargon Usenet désignant l ajout d un posteur dans le fichier des personnes ignorées (kill file), de sorte que les messages ultérieurs de cette personne seront ignorés. Ce terme a été utilisé pour la première fois en 1989 sur le… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • plonk — Ⅰ. plonk [1] informal ► VERB 1) set down heavily or carelessly. 2) play unskilfully on a musical instrument. ► NOUN ▪ a sound as of something being set down heavily. ORIGIN imitative. Ⅱ …   English terms dictionary

  • plonk — 1874 (v.); 1903 (n.), imitative …   Etymology dictionary

  • plonk — plonk1 [pläŋk] vt., vi., n. PLUNK plonk2 [pläŋk] n. [< ? Fr (vin) blanc, white (wine)] [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] cheap, inferior wine …   English World dictionary

  • plonk — [[t]plɒ̱ŋk[/t]] plonks, plonking, plonked 1) VERB If you plonk something somewhere, you put it or drop it there heavily and carelessly. [BRIT, INFORMAL] [V n prep/adv] She plonked the beer on the counter. Syn: plunk (in AM, use plunk) 2) VERB If… …   English dictionary

  • *plonk* — Ein Killfile ist eine Steuerdatei eines Newsreaders. Das Killfile enthält Filterregeln, nach denen der Benutzer für ihn uninteressante Postings (etwa nach Thema oder nach Autor bewertet) ausblenden lassen kann. Man könnte es als automatisiertes… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • PLONK — Ein Killfile ist eine Steuerdatei eines Newsreaders. Das Killfile enthält Filterregeln, nach denen der Benutzer für ihn uninteressante Postings (etwa nach Thema oder nach Autor bewertet) ausblenden lassen kann. Man könnte es als automatisiertes… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • plonk — plonk1 [plɔŋk US pla:ŋk, plo:ŋk] v [T always + adverb/preposition] especially BrE informal 1.) also plonk sth down to put something down somewhere, especially in a noisy and careless way American Equivalent: plunk ▪ You can plonk those bags down… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plonk — I. /plɒŋk / (say plongk) verb (t) Also, plonk down. 1. to place or drop heavily or suddenly: *Shadow followed at a distance, plonked himself down, head on paws, and ears pricked, on John s tatty, green bedside mat. –carole elise grongard, 1986.… …   Australian English dictionary


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