A friend recently pulled me up for saying someone was being narky, telling me that the word is ‘snarky’, not ‘narky’.
Uh no, I said ‘narky’ and I meant ‘narky’.
For the friend who still thinks I’m making it up I turn to the Macquarie Dictionary:
–noun 1. an informer; a spy, especially for the police. 2. a scolding, complaining person; one who is always interfering and spoiling the pleasure of others.
–verb (t) 3. to nag; irritate; annoy: “This made me a little narked, then I realised that I was only young and he wouldn’t have thought that I was applying for the job myself.” –ALBERT FACEY, 1981. 4. Obsolete to cause (a person, plan, etc.) to fail: he tried to nark my scheme
–verb (i) 5. to act as an informer. [Romany nak nose]
and to the OED:
narky Irascible, vexed, bad-tempered, sarcastic. First citation: 1895 Leeds Mercury Weekly Suppl. 13 July 3/8 “Doan’t let’s get narky ower it”.
Okay, that’s enough narkiness out of me.