Bork vs Birk - What's the difference?

bork | birk |

As nouns the difference between bork and birk

is that bork is fur while birk is (northern english) a birch tree cognate with scots birk.

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Etymology 1

From the 1987 United States Supreme Court nomination of .{{cite web citation , title=American Topics , accessdate=2008-11-14 , last=Higbee , first=Arthur , coauthors= , date=1993-01-13 , work=International Herald Tribune , publisher=International Herald Tribune, archiveurl=, archivedate=2005-10-26}}


  • (US, politics, often, pejorative) To defeat a judicial nomination through a concerted attack on the nominee's character, background and philosophy.
  • * 2002 , Orrin G. Hatch, Capital Hill Hearing Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, February 7, 2002, {{cite web citation
  • , title=Statement of The Honorable Orrin Hatch , accessdate=2008-11-14 , last=Hatch , first=Orrin G. , coauthors= , date=2007-02-07 , work=The Nomination of Charles W. Pickering to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit , publisher=United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary}}
    After an eight-year hiatus, these groups are back on the scene, ready to implement an apparent vicious strategy of Borking any judicial nominee who happens to disagree with their view of how the world should be.
  • * 2004 , Mark Tushnet, A Court Divided , p340
  • Forcing their adversaries to bork nominees may, they may think, lead voters in the middle to think less well of liberals, enhancing the distaste for Washington politics that has helped conservatives gain political power.
  • * 2006 , Jeffrey Lord, Borking Rush'', in ''American Spectator , October 30, 2006
  • Above all it discusses the best tactics to defeat a borking'. Having been in the Reagan White House when Robert Bork was '''borked''', I knew something about the subject, which was a huge help when the same ' borking guns were turned on my friend Judge Smith years later.

    Etymology 2

    * Possibly derived from (borken), which is an intentional misspelling of the word (broken) (e.g. The computer is borken ). The word is often used in ironic or humorous contexts. * Possibly derived from usage described under Etymology 1.


  • To misconfigure, especially a computer or other complex device.
  • To break or damage.
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    (en noun)
  • (Northern English) A birch tree. Cognate with Scots birk.
  • (rfdate) The silver birk . - .
  • A small European minnow (Leuciscus phoxinus ).
  • (British, slang)
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