Nobody knows where or when this word originated but several plausible explanations date back to Yorkshire and the 1960's including that it is a corruption of the french "oiseau" meaning "bird" as used in the phrase ouiseau head.
My favourite is that it was used on a local football field when a particularly disenchanted supporter shouted that the referee was a "wazzock" it being a portmanteau word made up from "wanker" and "pillock" - but surely that would be a "wannock" "wallcok" (which doesn't work).
Mike Harding (ex-comedian, now radio 2 presenter)says he used the word as early as 1976 in his surreal story, "Beaky Knucklewart",recorded on his "One Man Show" album and also in "When the Martians Landed in Huddersfield" but Harding says he heard it from others probably in Barnsley in the late 1960's. This pre-dates Tony Capstick by 5 years.
You complete and utter wazzock
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