Eric started off well on this cross-country race course during my absence, but after half a mile he stopped, parked his arse behind a tree and cracked open a beer (which frothed up everywhere, of course). So, should I give him a wigging?
No, because it’s the effort that counts and no man should judge another by his pace. And besides that, I can’t fault him as I’d have done the same.
Wigging, then, is to give somebody a scolding. I’ve not used the word since I was a kid, but browsing through an old dictionary yesterday, came across it. We should bring this word back into use.
So, after the headmaster had been bollocking you in the office (not literally – well, maybe at some posh boys schools where that kind of thing used to happen) you’d tell your friends: He gave me a right wigging. Or as we say in this region: E gen me a rayt wiggin’
I’ve thumbed through different dictionaries in search of the origins of this usage and found none.
So, readers, let’s hear your suggestions.