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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:05 pm

got the squirts .....diaorea

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:10 pm

Korben_Dallas wrote:got the squirts .....diaorea


I could sh1t through the eye of a needle.

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:17 pm

Fanny depending on the context it's used

Fanny = idiot Ie "you're being a Fanny"

Fanny = lady parts  Embarassed 


A smack on the Fanny "Americanism" slap on the backside
A smack on the Fanny "british" = a smack in the mouth Smile  Smile 

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:19 pm

BigAndy9 wrote:
Korben_Dallas wrote:got the squirts .....diaorea


I could sh1t through the eye of a needle.
And why only shits are in heaven ............ lol! 

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Post by Cass on Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:46 pm

oh do be brief


y'all wrest being TTFW ........

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Post by eddie on Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:30 pm

Nems wrote:Crying down me leg =very upset
to give someone "down the banks" to tell them off
your gibbed = I'm not your friend any more
heres your mate  = I agree/feel the same
These fit where they touch = these clothes are a little snug
Like trying to knit fog = impossible to do
She says anything but her prayers and she whistles through them = she is a liar

 Shocked I've not heard of any of them except the knitting fog one!

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Post by eddie on Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:42 pm

I think black people - particularly Jamaicans - have some great expressions:

Doing rubbish - being a twat, doing stupid things

Slapping tar - walking (ie "he ain't got no car he's slapping tar")

Your face favours shit - your face is nasty

Walk good - have a nice time/safe journey

"Dutty Pickney dem" - those dirty children (usually a diss on the mum)

Pushing up big talk - bragging

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Got to love it.


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Post by Cass on Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:32 am

eddie wrote:
Nems wrote:Crying down me leg =very upset
to give someone "down the banks" to tell them off
your gibbed = I'm not your friend any more
heres your mate  = I agree/feel the same
These fit where they touch = these clothes are a little snug
Like trying to knit fog = impossible to do
She says anything but her prayers and she whistles through them = she is a liar

 Shocked I've not heard of any of them except the knitting fog one!

ditto......think she just made them up on the fly Cool




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Post by Guest on Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:41 am

Cass wrote:
eddie wrote:

 Shocked I've not heard of any of them except the knitting fog one!

ditto......think she just made them up on the fly Cool




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Pfft all true, as are

its been that way since pussy was a cat - its been like that a long time
Face like a smacked arse = a bit red faced
Face like a robbers dog = not very attractive
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Post by eddie on Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:51 am

Saw a film the other day and he said

"You're shaking like a shitting dog"

Made me laugh  ://?roflmao?/: 

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Post by Guest on Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:37 pm

Here are a few more to keep you going, I am particularly prone to number 20 15 British Phrases That Confuse Americans - Page 2 Embarr13  :

1. Any road: used in place of “any way,” primarily used in the north of Britain.

2. Baccy: shortened word for “tobacco;” also, “wacky backy” means marijuana.

3. Barmy: crazy, insane; always derogatory.

4. Bender: derogatory term for homosexual, like “poof.” (Note: You probably shouldn’t use it or you’ll get slapped, but it’s worthy of note for giving Futurama a very different meaning.)

5. Biggie: term children might use to describe feces; also, an erection.

6. Bits ‘n Bobs: various things. (Example: “My mother has a lot of Bits ‘n Bobs around the house.”)

7. “Bob’s your uncle!”: “There you go! You’ve got it!”

8. Bollocks: technically means “balls,” but often describes something seen as extremely negative or lacking in value; e.g. “total shit.”

9. “Bugger off!”: “Go away!” or “Leave me alone!” (Note: Bugger, used on its own, is akin to “Fuck!” or “Shit!”)

10. Chav: white trash.

11. Cheeky: to be not respectful of something, having a flippant or facetious attitude.

12. Chin Wag: to have a chat with someone.

13. Collywobbles: extreme queasiness or stomach pain brought on by stress, nervousness or anxiety.

14. Crusty Dragon: a piece of snot or booger.

15. Daft Cow: a very stupid person (See also: “Wazzock.”)

16. Dog’s Bollocks: extremely good or favorable, great

17. Dog’s Dinner: to be dressed nicely or look dapper.

18. Donkey’s Years: ages, as in “I haven’t seen you in ages!”

19. Fagged: disturbed, bothered or interrupted (Example: If one were studying for a test, one would not want to be “fagged.”)

20. Fall Arse Over Tit: to have an embarrassing fall or to topple over.

See the remaining 51 Simple British Slang Phrases here : http://thoughtcatalog.com/nico-lang/2013/09/71-simple-british-slang-phrases-everyone-should-start-using/

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Post by Guest on Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:55 pm

Lone Wolf wrote:
@ FTL  :

The only ones from your list that I'm not familiar with were ~

4. Bender: derogatory term for homosexual, like “poof.” (Note: You probably shouldn’t use it or you’ll get slapped, but it’s worthy of note for giving Futurama a very different meaning.)

5. Biggie: term children might use to describe feces; also, an erection.

14. Crusty Dragon: a piece of snot or booger.

16. Dog’s Bollocks: extremely good or favorable, great    (the equivalent phrase over here is "the dog's balls"..)


AND, as for:

17. Dog’s Dinner: to be dressed nicely or look dapper.

THAT phrase actually carries the opposite meaning down here, as "scattered around like a dog's dinner (or 'breakfast')" means very messy and untidy..    ::D::

Hey Bee  I love you x

To be honest I've never heard of a Crusty Dragon either, sounds like a chinese takeaway to me 15 British Phrases That Confuse Americans - Page 2 Chines10  lol!

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:09 am

Funny
Aussies change "Balls off the brass Monkey"
one to "Freezing me brass monkeys off"
Brass monkeys can just refer to testicles.

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:46 am

Otherwise they are just cut the word to 1 or 2 syllables and add 'O' or 'E'

Derro - Derelict / low class

Houso - Housing Commission

Cennos - Centre Link (welfare)

Povo - poverty/poor or poor value/quality 'this burger is povo'

yank tank - Ford F series trucks

Piggers - Coppers - Police

pitty - Pitbull terrier dog

on a Bender - Going out to get drunk/wasted/party

Wrecked - Blind - Very Intoxicated

'ave a slash - urinating

the Bog - shitter - toilet

Dog's breakfast - looks a vomit/very bad

smoko - tobacco or weed

sparrows fart - early in the morning

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:48 am

@FTL

'Arse over tits' can just be used as a general 'fucked up' implying something is opposite to how it should be.

Plus falling over

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:50 am

reg grundy's = Underwear(undies) in rhyming slang

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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:50 am

veya_victaous wrote:@FTL

'Arse over tits' can just be used as a general 'fucked up' implying something is opposite to how it should be.

Plus falling over

Not heard that one Veya but I have falling over down to a fine art form 15 British Phrases That Confuse Americans - Page 2 Bag_ov14

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Post by nicko on Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:42 pm

Thought the aussies on here would get this one, "Technicolour Yawn" --------being sick.
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Post by gerber on Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:18 pm

" It's black over Bill's house " and " it's black over yonder "


Rain clouds coming.......

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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:23 pm

feelthelove wrote:Here are a few more to keep you going, I am particularly prone to number 20 15 British Phrases That Confuse Americans - Page 2 Embarr13  :

1. Any road: used in place of “any way,” primarily used in the north of Britain.

2. Baccy: shortened word for “tobacco;” also, “wacky backy” means marijuana.

3. Barmy: crazy, insane; always derogatory.

4. Bender: derogatory term for homosexual, like “poof.” (Note: You probably shouldn’t use it or you’ll get slapped, but it’s worthy of note for giving Futurama a very different meaning.)

5. Biggie: term children might use to describe feces; also, an erection.

6. Bits ‘n Bobs: various things. (Example: “My mother has a lot of Bits ‘n Bobs around the house.”)

7. “Bob’s your uncle!”: “There you go! You’ve got it!”

8. Bollocks: technically means “balls,” but often describes something seen as extremely negative or lacking in value; e.g. “total shit.”

9. “Bugger off!”: “Go away!” or “Leave me alone!” (Note: Bugger, used on its own, is akin to “Fuck!” or “Shit!”)

10. Chav: white trash.

11. Cheeky: to be not respectful of something, having a flippant or facetious attitude.

12. Chin Wag: to have a chat with someone.

13. Collywobbles: extreme queasiness or stomach pain brought on by stress, nervousness or anxiety.

14. Crusty Dragon: a piece of snot or booger.

15. Daft Cow: a very stupid person (See also: “Wazzock.”)

16. Dog’s Bollocks: extremely good or favorable, great

17. Dog’s Dinner: to be dressed nicely or look dapper.

18. Donkey’s Years: ages, as in “I haven’t seen you in ages!”

19. Fagged: disturbed, bothered or interrupted (Example: If one were studying for a test, one would not want to be “fagged.”)

20. Fall Arse Over Tit: to have an embarrassing fall or to topple over.

See the remaining 51 Simple British Slang Phrases here : http://thoughtcatalog.com/nico-lang/2013/09/71-simple-british-slang-phrases-everyone-should-start-using/

Most of those are understood by many Americans, but we have a few alternate definitions -- "biggie" usually means "big deal, important matter"; "bender" usually means an extended period of intoxication and revelry (he's hung over after his bender last weekend). "Collywobbles" is used, but only by grandparents Smile

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point percy at the porcelain  Shocked 

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:41 pm

nicko wrote:Thought the aussies on here would get this one,   "Technicolour  Yawn" --------being sick.

yeah heard that one, there is a lot for being sick or anything related to drinking.
hugging the porcelain
feeding the wildlife (if outdoors)

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:43 pm

Here 'Collywobbles' is when the Collington Football team is going really well for the first half of the match then stuff and lose it by the end.  Laughing Laughing Laughing 

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Post by Original Quill on Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:28 pm

Southern slang?

•  Fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down – if someone is unbelievably unattractive, looking as though they’ve been hit with several ugly sticks, this is the proper way to express that ugliness

•  get up with – to contact or get together with

•  granny-slappin’ good (so good, it makes you want to slap your granny) – very good, usually delicious

•  gussied up – cleaned up and dressed very nicely (perhaps formally)

•  a hankerin’ for – a desire/craving for

•  happy as a puppy with two peckers/peters – very happy

•  high cotton – wealthy; successful (and maybe snobby)

•  hit with the ugly stick – if someone is quite unattractive, you can say they look like they’ve been hit with the ugly stick

•  honky-tonk – a bar, perhaps where country music is played live for folks to dance

•  hotter than a goat’s butt in a pepper patch – very hot

•  how-do – shortened form of “How do you do?”

•  If I had my druthers – if I had my way/my preference

•  knee-high to a grasshopper – very young and small, as in, “The last time I saw you, you were knee-high to a grasshopper, and look how grown-up you are now!”

•  lick – (noun) any amount at all, usually used in negative sentences such as, “I didn’t get a lick of work done today because my boss kept calling me in for meetings.” (verb) To beat up, as in, “I licked him good that time.”

•  like herding cats – anything that is difficult to do, but especially anything that requires organizing difficult people (like small children)

•  mash – to press or push, as in, “Mash that green button and turn on the computer.”

•  (to) need something like one needs a hole in the head – Obviously you do not need a hole in your head; it’s even bad for you. Thus anything you definitely don’t need, and that might be detrimental to you in some way is described by this phrase.

•  ornery – difficult to deal with; stubborn; finicky

•  piddly/piddlin’ – a small amount (negative connotation)

•  poop or get off the pot – make a decision and take action

•  reckon – suppose, guess, as in, “I reckon we’ll see you at the reunion.”

•  right – very (often surprisingly); an adverb usually used to modify adjectives, as in, “You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but he’s a right good ball player.”

•  rough talk – to speak harshly

•  rubber-neck – to drive slowly so as to get a good look at a wreck or disabled vehicle on the side of the road. Those who rubber-neck are rubber-neckers.

•  skedaddle – to leave hurriedly

•  snug as a bug (in a rug) – very comfortable

•  sugar – affection, as in, “Come here and give me some sugar.”

•  sweet talk – to speak nicely, usually in order to get something you want

•  tater – potato

•  (to) think one’s s*** don’t stink – to think too highly of oneself

•  tore up – broken/destroyed, as in, “I came home to find the curtains all tore up,” or, “My knee has been tore up since that skiing accident back in ’93.”

•  uppity – snobby

•  used to could – used to be able to, as in, “I can’t do a cartwheel any more, but I used to could.”

•  useless as tits on a bull – utterly useless

•  varmint – an animal (usually wild)

•  Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. – an expression of surprise, shock and/or disbelief

•  y’all – a contraction of you + all. This is the informal 2nd person plural in Southern English, from Scotland.

•  yankee – a person from the North

•  yapper – mouth

•  younguns – young people

•  you’uns – a contraction of you + ones. It is a collective plural as in "each of you."

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