Killing the monkey - manky

Posted by James Briggs on April 04, 2003

In Reply to: Killing the monkey posted by Miri Barak on April 04, 2003

: Thank you Lewis
: I found that manky is dirty, untidy in Irish slang, and I thought that maybe it is a pun on the words monkey and manky, instead of killing the dirt he is killing the monkey (a name the teacher applies for some of the boys in class. But still I have a problem of this jowls.
: I know it is a hard question and still harder because I have to translate it.

: What do you think?
: Thanks Miri

'Manky' is an anglicised version of the French 'manqué' meaning 'dirty', 'filthy' etc. It has been in British English at least since WW1.