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Discussion in 'Evolution of Language' started by Hal Pollner, Jun 26, 2018.
Never said 'whilst' in me life, sounds silly and very la de da for Patsy
Not a English slang term but what about having a Faggot on a cold English Morning.
Sets you up for the rest of the day.
Or you smoke 20 FAGS a day and die young.
Ah yes, I imagine to make the distinction between ginger-beer and your term.
That reminds me when I lived in Hungary I saw quite a few license plates that said FAG, obviously it's not a word there.
@Tom Galty , what is a faggot in this case?
Burning ember, or alternately "Singing Flame".
Cigarette also known as a fag.
Also known as a meat ball
A great English Meal.
Not true.,..that's an urban myth , and I've seen many non Brits mention it online..but that's not the saying at all..
Knocking someone up here , is a slang phrase for getting someone pregnant... to knock someone up..or to be knocked up...
The saying if someone is calling for you at your door would be '' I'll knock ( or call) for you at 8''..not ''knock you up''!!
How about You are a Jerk
Means in the UK you are a masterbater
Many years ago, a snotty punk told Sydney Poitier to "get stuffed", in the wonderful film "To Sir With Love".
I wonder what he meant by that?
It simply means ''get lost'' Frank... it's in very common usage by most people here ...
Gee, I was expecting far worse.....as likely most of the American audience was. It seems that movie plot took place in UK.........I could be wrong, but the school kids talked like Brits. Is that bad usage?
The film was made on location in London... in the 60's..
Not sure what you mean about 'bad usage' Frank... explain..
I meant in this new era of political correctness, might you object to the word "Brit"?
oooh lol...No...thank God, it's one of the few words everyone is still allowed to say without it being a crime...
How about that saying "A bunch of Fives"
Might be a reply to someone calling me a Brit(Only joking)
I ran across this one by accident. Never heard it before. Anyone else? I like it.
"It’s all gone pear-shaped" ... - when a plan goes wrong
Take a look at the possible origins of the phrase.
I kind of like this one. RAF pilots in the 1940s failing to achieve a perfect mid-air loop.
Yes that's a phrase which is in common usage Nancy.... anything that doesn't go the way it was supposed to is described as having gone ''pear-shaped''..and there's a few more expressions meaning the same thing...
here's one for you... when you can see dark cloud in the distance in an otherwise clear sky... an oft used phrase to describe it is to say'' It's black over BIlls' mothers'....
There's many suggestions how this phrase came to be..but I'm not sure any of them are right...
However we had a laugh the other day..we were watching the Formula one motor racing which was taking place in Germany.. and the English presenters were describing the inclement weather, and one said .. uh oh, I can see it is a bit black over W(V)ilhem's mothers'
Something has gone hay-wire.
Don't you use that phrase in the USA?.. I thought everyone in the English speaking world said that... never occurred to me it might just be us...
You are correct, Holly. That expression has been around for a long time here in the U.S.
Although I am certainly familiar with "haywire" as a word and hear it used often, I prefer "awry," and would prefer saying that "something has gone awry," and I particularly prefer that because I know that a large percentage of those I would use it on, here in Maine, wouldn't know what it meant.
yes ''awry'' is used often in this household.... in preference to haywire ...