Posted by James Briggs on November 19, 2003
In Reply to: Don't be such a pill posted by Pillsbury Dough Boy on November 19, 2003
: : Where did "Don't be such a pill," or the use of "pill" to describe something lame, come from?
: My guess... it comes from the phrase "Take a chill pill." which means "relax" or "don't get excited".
Could it be short for 'pillock', a colloquial British word for a dumb or stupid person - at least in the eyes of the speaker?