I'm a fan of the quaint colloquialisms myself, like: "Eat **** and die,
you h***** m*****-*****r"
On Sun, 22 Jan 1995, carissa wrote:
> there are so many british words and or phrases that are very obviously and
> definitely british ie bugger or bloke or blimey but are there any phrases
> which brits think of as purely american?
None - nix, nada, niente, no way, no way no how, no fucking way.
You're not from around here, are you boy?
Take a hike
Jug handle (NJ)
Make a right
Make out artist
Yes. "How about dem hogs?!" - referring to the Arkansas basketball team wimming the NCAA last year.
Oh, and I don't think I've ever heard "butt" used in England too much. I've
never told a bloke he has a cute butt. . .
We don't have diapers. . .we have nappies. So there you have it.
I was most amused to see in a paper in a US journal (Proc. IEEE,
Vol.69, p.1408) that they made an acronym out of `Auto Regressive
Spectral Estimate'. Doesn't mean anything particular to the US ear
(I guess) since:
arse = ass/butt
Anyone think a.f.b-a.cute-butt would be a good idea?
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> : Yes. "How about dem hogs?!" - referring to the Arkansas basketball team wimming the NCAA last year.
No, no, no. That was the game President Clinton went to. "How about
dem hawgs?!" was the gut reaction of the Young Republicans when they
saw Slick Willy arrive with his Secret Service conga line.
*** Lord Lucan, where are you now? ***
: Flip a Uie
No, no, no. It's Hang a Uie(yooey) - make a u-turn,
Flip a(the) bird - make an impolite gesture.
I mean, geeze, guys!
There's the Fanny Pack (bum bag)...
...and apparently, American males are configured differently to their
British counterparts, since they can fall on their fanny.
To Americans, a crap game is not watching Bradford playing rugby...
Sig's on a fortnight's holiday
On 29 Jan 1995, Sooz wrote:
[snip toilet euphemisms]
> >One I've been hearing a lot recently is to rag on someone, which seems
> >mean have a go at, and which presumably shouldn't be confused with someone
> >being on the rag.
> Yep, that's exactly what it means and the etymology is from "being on the
> rag". I don't know if the connotations of being "on the rag" are exactly
> the same, but here in the Land o' the Free women are assumed to be in a
> foul temper any time they are "on the rag" and, it would seem, on the rag
> any time they are in a foul temper (though I'm living proof that that's not
> necessarily so).
Sooz, to allow us to verify your claim of being living proof of a foul
temper not always being associated with being on the rag, could please
indicate in your sig whether you are or are not on the rag at the time of
who apologizes for being cranky lately. He's feeling bloated and crampy.
Do you suppose we'll all get synchronized like women who lived together?
Also, upcoming / forthcoming. 'Check out' (am) does not mean to test
something. There are also some lovely new words arriving - 'prequel'
for instance. Newsreaders seem to have their own unique style; 'This,
from our . . .'
| Robert Ford EMail rob...@fordrjk.demon.co.uk |
Yesterday's a memory, tomorrow a dream. Hope I get through today.
: Therefore, Americans wear their vest and pants on the outside...
Pants are trousers around here too, it caused much hilarity when I was at
university down south.
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it to a file!
: To Americans, a crap game is not watching Bradford playing rugby...
And to me as well.
: > Anna Warman (AN...@warman.demon.co.uk) wrote:
: > : To Americans, a crap game is not watching Bradford playing rugby...
: > And to me as well.
: Damn, damn, damn.
I thought you must have it the wrong way 'round :).
Boo hoo!!! Anna did it too, Miss!!! Not fair!!
CARDIFF (at home and paying for all the repitition, deviation and hesitation)
: Boo hoo!!! Anna did it too, Miss!!! Not fair!!
: CARDIFF (at home and paying for all the repitition, deviation and hesitation)
Philip - please pay penance by writing a lovely posting explaining all
the places outside of Cardiff than I can get a pint of Brains. You
mentioned in another post (which I lost) that you had it not 50 miles
away and it was not so good. Will this be the case if I bring home
bottles of it? Is it still better at the brewery downtown (Cardiff)?
What about bringing home a keg (of course than it would have to be drunk
rather quickly - but I would be popular.
Thankyou very much.
- Sarah -- thinking about staying in Britain past the summer...
Sarah Goddard, sgod...@engin.umich.edu
Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
: The one that I still always brings out a mixed gasp and laugh out of me
: is the free use of the word "fanny" over here, the first time I heard it used
Yeah, a Merkan female visitor was quite surprised when she asked for a Kleenex
to be asked in return "Why, do you need to wipe your hooter?"
Martin A | "Rigorous argument from inapplicable
| assumptions produces the world's most
mar...@ghoul.bri.hp.com | durable nonsense"