Favo(u)rite expressions from across the Atlantic

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  1. Calboner

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    Are there expressions belonging to the variety of English spoken on the opposite side of the Atlantic (assuming that you live either in Europe or in North America) that you are particularly fond of?

    For instance, I'm a Yank, and there are certain British expressions that I find quite charming. I got the idea of starting a thread on this topic after reading some posts by SpoiledPrincess, in which she described something as "dodgy" and described someone as "too shy to say boo to a goose." Almost all the indecent expressions that are used in the UK and Ireland but that we don't use over here seem charming to me, perhaps just because they are foreign: "arse," "bugger," "sod," "bollocks," "shite" (perhaps the last one is only current in Ireland, but it is perfectly good English¬ójust old-fashioned). I am delighted that "wanker" and "wank" have begun to catch on over here, but I am appalled to find that some ignoramuses use "wanker" to mean "penis" (it means "masturbator").

    The word "arse" merits some special comment. I consider it our linguistic misfortune in North America that we lost this word by conflation with the word "ass," which originally signified nothing other than a donkey. "Arse," the word with the longer historical pedigree in this sense (I remember encountering it in Chaucer, spelled "ers"), seems to me to have a more satisfying sound and also avoids confusion with the animal (as when children in Sunday school giggle at the commandment against coveting "thy neighbor's ass"). I also find it amusing that, as I understand, "arse" can be used as a mass term for anything very unwelcome ("This is the sort of arse that I have to put up with!"), or even as an exclamation by itself ("Arse! I forgot my wallet!").

    I would be particularly interested in hearing if members in the British Isles have any favorite (favourite) American expressions.
     
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    I always get a bang when I hear Brits exclaim: "Bollocks!"
     
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    I like the term "Sod Off!"

    Hey wasn't there a department store called Bullock's? Jim J. and Sandra too.
     
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    That reminds me of a bit in the fourth Blackadder series (Rowan Atkinson): "Look, I'm sorry, I know you mean to be friendly, but I hope you won't take it amiss if I ask you to sod off and die."
     
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    I spent a week or so in the US at the start of this month, and you Yanks say a lot of stuff oddly.

    It's 'Twat' not 'Twot', for starters. :biggrin1:

    As for favourites? I'm pretty tired now, but I'll think of plenty more tomorrow.
     
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    "twatter"!!!
     
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    "Made redundant"

    and

    "Articulated lorry." = Makes the most macho truck sound completely gay.

    and

    "Toss off!"

    One of my favorite Britishisms is the classic story of a Rolls-Royce owner writing to the company to complain about the car frequently breaking down. They wrote back:

    A Rolls-Royce does not, "break down," it only fails to proceed.
     
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    "Sod off, you muppet!" always works well.
     
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    I hate when they say Aluminium.

    My favorite Brit phrase is "You're mad". Americans usually only use the word mad to mean angry.
     
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    I like "Can't be asked" or "can't be bothered" when something's just not worth the trouble.

    I know there are a ton of others, but I've been living in europe long enough that many of them have been incorporated into my regular speech (never thought that would have happened). It's usually not until someone from the states makes a comment about something I say that I realise it.
     
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    Awesome is a word I really like.

    Here are some more Englishisms (?):

    Bag of wank (means its shit, no good...kind of like crock of shit I think)

    "The girl's seen more pricks than a second hand dartboard" :biggrin1:
    (Prick is another word for cock)

    Bent as a three pound note (there are no three pound notes, or coins)

    Johnny Concrete (a guy who thinks he's hard)
    Charlie Big Time (similar to above, or thinks he's really important)
    You've probably heard of "He thinks he's ten men"

    When you're a kid you call your penis a 'todge' :smile: at least some do. Can also be todger.

    If someone has a roll of fat (or a few) on their belly we say they're "carrying a spare tyre."

    These are probably localised and not all that nice but such is the place I live .

    Pie shop = a shop that sells pies, pasties and other savoury food stuffs
    Chemist = pharmacy
    Main road = a busy road, usually the one that goes straight through town
    Chippy = chip shop
    If something is "The dog's bollocks" or the "Bee's knees" then its pretty neat.

    "Face like a bulldog chewing a wasp" is another phrase

    Last one:

    Brekkie = breakfast
    Lunch is usually called dinner, at least round here
    Tea = dinner (evening meal)

    Supper = a snack one might have usually late at night, before bed.

    "The room's a shit tip" = its a mess
    "Looks like a bomb's hit it" = same as above

    Sorry a lot of this is phrases but I can't think of specific words. I'll try and get back to you :smile:

    PS "Well, fuck me sideways!" is used to express surprise/shock...might not be solely English though?

    Fit = attractive
    She scrubs up well = she looks good when she puts makeup on
    Pigeon chest = a guy with a small, boney chest

    I'll stop now
     
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    I may be wrong but I thought it was "Can't be arsed" ? :confused:
     
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    Bugger all
    Brassed off
    Cheeky
    Crikey
    Daft
    gobsmacked
    knackered
    piss poor
    give me a ring
    rubbish
    rumpy pumpy
    shag/shagged/shagging
    todger
    twee
    wonky
     
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    I embarrassingly discovered that the word "fanny" means entirely two different things in the USA and Australia..........I was referring to a "fanny pack" that an aussie mate of mine was wearing!
     
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    No, you're not wrong.... you're right!!:wink:

    It is 'I can't be arsed'


    The other word I get into huge confusion with you yanks is 'pissed'

    I say 'I'm pissed'.... you ask... 'oh dear what are you pissed about?'!! :confused:

    me: 'I'm pisssed as a fart.... been in the pub all night!!'
    whilst you lot still think I'm angry about something!?

    Piss off - go away
    pissed - drunk
    piss head - one who is drunk
    he's pissing me off - now I'm angry!! :tongue:
    it's pissing down - it's raining!
    pissing hell - oh fuck
    pissing oneself laughing - oops, too funny...


    For Americanisms.....
    Hate Ass - it is an arse!
    AWESOME - I can't even say it the way you do.... (Aaaaaarsome!)
    Y'all - the only think I can say right...
    and why can't you spell?.... 'colourful' has a 'u' in it!! :rolleyes:
     
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    Some of my faves are:

    "It's all gone Pete Tong."
    "Are you taking the piss?"

    And I also think it's funny that fags are actually cigarettes in old UK slang. I almost told a friend off for asking my gay brother for a "fag" once. Oops.
     
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    Here are some of my favourites that I use regularly.

    A face like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle.

    As much use as a one legged man in an arse kicking contest.

    A face like a well smacked arse.
     
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    One I've heard, dunno its origin:

    About as useful as a cock flavoured lollipop :biggrin1:
     
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    It might be useful to a sperm burping gutter slut. :biggrin1:
     
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    I have a kid so there are a few ones that are kid-centric that I've gotten from Thomas the Tank Engine, Teletubbies, and various websites aimed at British moms.

    I love cheeky, it's the perfect expression for an insolent toddler.

    I think nappy for the word diaper is a lot more fun.

    I always found it interesting that what we call a nipple on a bottle in the US is a teat in the UK.
     
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