When Steve first heard my feeble attempt at a brogue, he gave me a wary smile and said: "You're nuttin but a knacker."
"A knacker?" I asked.
"Look it up." He said.
Knacker: The term knacker is sometimes used in Ireland to denote an Irish Traveller, though it is considered extremely derogatory. In Ireland this term may also be applied to a rural character equivalent to the urban scanger or scum bag which are both derogatory terms in themselves. For more information see scanger. or the word GUG.
A few days after our conversation, Steve brought in a copy of the "Irish Echo" newspaper. There, on the back page, was an ad for a wrestling match in which The McDonough Clan of Galway was to face off against some other clan in a fight to the finish, "Tickets now on sale."
Steve pointed to the article, gave a self satisfied smirk and said, "What do you know? You really are a knacker."
After talking with several of my Irish passengers, I discovered that Steve was right. The McDonoughs are a bunch of knackers. Apparently, in Ireland, my family name has become synonymous with these travelling people or gypsies. Oh sure, some people were kind and used euphemisms like "peddlers," or "tinkers" or "travelling people " but the truth is, we're all a bunch of knackers."
I say, let's no longer be afraid to use the "K" word. In fact, I think we should own the word as a way of empowering ourselves.
Say it loud:
I'm a"KNACKER" and I'm proud.
If you're less militant, you can say:
"Knacker"...manly yes, but I like it too!!"
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!