It’s easy to make fun of Gwyneth Paltrow for using a word like “knackered”, as she did in a recent post on her newsletter, but it’s hard to argue with the quality of her advice. To explain a bit — if you haven’t heard, Ms. Paltrow has discovered sleep. She wrote in her newsletter that, “Basically everyone I know is knackered, me included.” She then turned the post over to Dr. Frank Lipman, a sleep doctor.
Paltrow has been mocked at every turn for using British slang, despite growing up in California, but it’s hard to argue with the sleep advice she helps deliver. Let’s look at what Dr. Lipman suggests:
And, if you’re still wondering what knackered means, here’s the definition at The Online Slang Dictionary.