Green’s Dictionary of Slang

berk n.

also burk, burke
[rhy. sl.; Berkeley hunt or Berkshire hunt = cunt n.]

a fool, an incompetent.

[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 66: ‘The berk.’ Jealousy and savage contempt blended in the Gilt Kid’s tone.
[UK]G. Kersh Nine Lives Bill Nelson 43: Come and get a wash, you Burke.
[UK]‘Nicholas Blake’ Whisper in the Gloom (1959) 187: ‘Where’s me glim?’ ‘In yer sky, yer silly berk.’.
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: What do you think, you ignorant burk?
[UK]F. Norman Guntz 6: Course it’s f . . . ing right you burk (I thought).
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 24: ‘I’m a star,’ said Mick. ‘You are a berk.’.
[UK]J. Barlow Burden of Proof 112: He wasn’t going to be ballsed-up by a burke like Fletcher.
[UK]D. Nobbs Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) 62: Why the hell did you send me there, you great soft berk?
[UK]F. Norman Dead Butler Caper 40: Yuh’ve stuck the soddin’ fing in the wrong ’ole, yuh burk!
[UK]T. Blacker Fixx 308: This woman had never given the berk a second look.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 4 Sept. 8: The biggest berk in rock music.
[UK]N. Cohn Yes We Have No 317: be your own leader, you feeble burke.
[UK]Observer Mag. 23 Nov. 8: The Queen Mother invited me to tea at Clarence House [...] Towards the end of the meal she said, ‘There are some expressions I have heard in the stables.’ I thought: Oh my God, what’s that? She said, ‘There’s one – the Berk.’ It’s the filthiest word in the English language. It comes from Berkeley Hunt. How can you explain that to the Queen Mum?
[UK]R. Milward Kimberly’s Capital Punishment (2023) 228: A fat berk sits on my lap.