Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word whack job.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "In convo with Playbook, a top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless 'diva' description, calling her (Palin) 'a whack job.'"

    -Mike Allen's Playbook,

    I'm not even going to list "convo." That term deserves to die.

    October 28, 2008

  • A common epithet around here. :-)

    October 29, 2008

  • otherwise known as "bashing the bishop"

    October 29, 2008

  • Uh...I think that's different. No? A whack job is what somebody is. Bishop bashing is what somebody does... I think.

    October 29, 2008

  • I think you're right, dc. Also, I've never heard it called bashing the bishop; I think it's choking the bishop.

    "Bashing" just sounds painful.

    How weird/apropos is it that this conversation is occurring on a page that began with something about Palin? (Skip, I think you're right about "convo" too. Die! Die!)

    October 29, 2008

  • Yes. One can whack off or bash one off, but that wouldn't be a whack job.

    October 29, 2008

  • Choke, bash, hang, impail...I'm guessing it's all a matter of personal preference.

    *definitely not having bishop-envy right now*

    *loves that this began with Palin*

    *bets Palin is having bishop-envy right now*

    October 29, 2008

  • Even though I think you mean "impale," dc, there has got to be a joke about impale and Palin in here somewhere...

    October 29, 2008

  • Convo? It's a tall building made of trucks.

    October 29, 2008

  • Yike! my spelin's giten worser....

    October 29, 2008

  • I should hardly be the one to be critical. I'm usually able to see misspelled words when someone else presents them, but I never seem to catch my own.

    Just ask reesetee...

    October 30, 2008

  • One (hyphenated) word: word-loins. ;-)

    October 30, 2008

  • Fools! There is no 'I' in 'team, and there is no 'h' in wack-job!!!!!

    Have some umbrage. Help yourselves. There's a whole pot right there.

    Plenty for everyone. Swathe yourselves in dudgeon.

    October 30, 2008

  • "The most insulting thing that a politician can do is to compel you to ask yourself: 'What does he take me for?' Precisely this question is provoked by the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin. I wrote not long ago that it was not right to condescend to her just because of her provincial roots or her piety, let alone her slight flirtatiousness, but really her conduct since then has been a national disgrace. It turns out that none of her early claims to political courage was founded in fact, and it further turns out that some of the untested rumors about her—her vindictiveness in local quarrels, her bizarre religious and political affiliations—were very well-founded, indeed. Moreover, given the nasty and lowly task of stirring up the whack-job fringe of the party's right wing and of recycling patent falsehoods about Obama's position on Afghanistan, she has drawn upon the only talent that she apparently possesses."

    - Christopher Hitchens, 'Vote for Obama',, 13 Oct 2008.

    October 30, 2008

  • I am thrilled that whack job ended up on whichbe's My Little Phonies list. I can't read that list without laughing out loud.

    *turdiform...hee hee*

    October 30, 2008

  • Here, skipvia. Enjoy. ;->

    October 30, 2008

  • Mmmmmm....puke bowl.

    Hey--that would make a good entry for the My Little Phonies list. So would turd-barrel.

    Edit: See cauliflower, since no one has yet claimed "turd-barrel."

    November 1, 2008

  • *snicker*

    Skipvia, I think you should make your own Little Ponies list. I'm dying to see what else would make it on there.

    November 1, 2008

  • More whack job merriment from the Republicans:

    "Mr. Scheunemann, who picked up the phone in his office at McCain campaign headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, responded that “anybody who says I was fired is either lying or delusional or a whack job.

    Mr. Scheunemann was referring to widely disseminated criticism by Mr. McCain’s advisers in the final days of the campaign that Ms. Palin, as first reported in Politico, was a 'whack job.'�?

    -Internal Battles Divided McCain and Palin Camps; The New York Times.

    It's getting difficult to tell one whack job from another these days.

    November 6, 2008

  • *whack!*

    November 6, 2008

  • *whack whack*

    March 16, 2009

  • Usage here.

    June 19, 2009