zwepp

English translation: twerp

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English term or phrase:zwepp
English translation:twerp
Entered by: updownK

03:23 Mar 2, 2018
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English term or phrase: zwepp
This word appeared twice, as I know, in the stories by Philip K. Dick.

“If he's a genuine pre-cog,” Luckman said, “he already know what I want, so there's no need for me or anyone else to speak to the *zwepp*.” The paradoxes of pre-cognition always amused and irked him.
--quoted from The Game-Players of Titan (1963, science fiction)

He felt sometimes as if he presided over an enormous junkyard. And then, once more, he thought about the Yee Company repair 'copter which he had run into in the desert, and the *zwepp* piloting it. Independent bastards, Arnie said to himself.
--quoted from Martian Time-Slip (1964, science fiction)

Link: https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=zwepp

Both speakers seemed to say "Zwepp" with a sort of disparaging attitude. In first one, "Zwepp" was translated into "guy" in the chinese version. Is it right? I wonder where this word came from.
Thank you!
updownK
China
Local time: 12:22
twerp
Explanation:
I don't know what zwepp means. It looks to me like it may be derived from Yiddish but that's a guess. I see "zweep" is Dutch for a whip but that doesn't fit here.
I think this is probably what it is intended to mean but it's a guess

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/twerp
(Britain, colloquial) A fool, a twit.
Now you've broken it, you twerp!
(US, colloquial) A small or puny person; one regarded as insignificant, contemptible.
Get out of my way, you little twerp!
(US, colloquial) A person who can be bullied playfully, or easily teased. Sometimes used as a pet-name (often for a younger sibling).

Synonyms
http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/twerp

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Note added at 7 hrs (2018-03-02 10:59:01 GMT)
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or just with a meaning of "idiot"

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Note added at 1 day 7 hrs (2018-03-03 11:02:48 GMT) Post-grading
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glad to have helped.
Selected response from:

Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 05:22
Grading comment
Thank you! I think "idiot" fits the context, and Helena also made a very close guess.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



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Yvonne Gallagher


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7 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5 peer agreement (net): +2
twerp


Explanation:
I don't know what zwepp means. It looks to me like it may be derived from Yiddish but that's a guess. I see "zweep" is Dutch for a whip but that doesn't fit here.
I think this is probably what it is intended to mean but it's a guess

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/twerp
(Britain, colloquial) A fool, a twit.
Now you've broken it, you twerp!
(US, colloquial) A small or puny person; one regarded as insignificant, contemptible.
Get out of my way, you little twerp!
(US, colloquial) A person who can be bullied playfully, or easily teased. Sometimes used as a pet-name (often for a younger sibling).

Synonyms
http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/twerp

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Note added at 7 hrs (2018-03-02 10:59:01 GMT)
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or just with a meaning of "idiot"

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Note added at 1 day 7 hrs (2018-03-03 11:02:48 GMT) Post-grading
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glad to have helped.

Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 05:22
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 68
Grading comment
Thank you! I think "idiot" fits the context, and Helena also made a very close guess.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tina Vonhof: I think any of those options might work. I like the word 'zwepp' though, the sound of it fits the meaning.
5 hrs
  -> Thanks Tina. Yes, it's quite onomatopoeic

agree  Helena Chavarria: It sounds a bit like 'schlep' (1930s: Yiddish, from shlepn) - an inept or stupid person. // I've come across schlep in books, though I had never looked up the meaning until now!
5 hrs
  -> Well found Helena. It's probably coined from that. It's here too (3) https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=schlep Yes, I've used the verb myself and possibly heard the noun used as well. "zwepp" reminded me of something!

neutral  philgoddard: Maybe, but the similarity could just be a coincidence.
12 hrs
  -> of course but I think it has to have something of that meaning in the context...
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