Bludger –

a lazy, use­less per­son who won’t do their fair share of work

Australian Geographic - - Geo Buzz - By Kel Richards

Be­gin­ning as Lon­don crim­i­nal slang from ‘blud­geoner’ (recorded from 1856), bludger meant a pimp who blud­geons (beats with a stick) pros­ti­tutes’ clients to rob them. Bludger faded from use in Lon­don, but made its way to the Aus­tralian colony, where it’s recorded from 1882. By 1900 it had be­come a gen­eral term of abuse, es­pe­cially for a lazy loafer. About the same time, the back for­ma­tion ‘bludge’ arose, mean­ing ‘to evade one’s own re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and im­pose on oth­ers’ and which is now also a blue-col­lar worker’s term for any­one who sits com­fort­ably be­hind a desk.The Amer­i­cans and oth­ers have since bor­rowed it – but this is our word!

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