1. [syn: plank, flump, plonk, plop, plunk, plump down, plunk down, plump]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a cheap wine of inferior quality
2: the noise of something dropping (as into liquid)
v 1: set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise;
"He planked the money on the table"; "He planked himself
into the sofa" [syn: plank, flump, plonk, plop,
plunk, plump down, plunk down, plump]
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):
Please Leave Our Newsgroup, Kid (Usenet, slang)
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
[Usenet: possibly influenced by British slang ?plonk? for cheap booze, or
?plonker? for someone behaving stupidly (latter is lit. equivalent to
Yiddish schmuck)] The sound a newbie makes as he falls to the bottom of a
kill file. While it originated in the newsgroup talk.bizarre, this term
(usually written ?*plonk*?) is now (1994) widespread on Usenet as a form of
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
(Usually written "*plonk*") The sound a
newbie makes as he falls to the bottom of a kill file.
In the first of a series of humourous books by Stephen Potter,
"One-Upmanship" (published in 1952) a "plonk" - a pompous bit
of misinformation said in a "plonking" tone - was a key
feature of his advice on how to "creatively intimidate"
someone by making them feel inferior and thereby gain the
status of being "one-up" on them. Since these efforts are
usually transparently pathetic, the term became widely applied
to any idiotic statement.
The term appeared on-line in the Usenet newsgroup
news:talk.bizarre and, by 1994, was widespread on Usenet
and mailing lists as a form of public ridicule.
The term may have been influenced by British slang "plonker"
for someone behaving stupidly. The expansion "Person with
Little Or No Knowledge" may be a backronym.