Turbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 901 times:
"X' affarijiet dawn!"
Must be said a particular way to get its full effect, hard to explain. It literally means "What kind of things are these!" (i.e. said when someone is very annoyed at a person, company, etc.)
Pendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 836 times:
Hmm...in the southern US..."Doesnt that just beat all" and adding "Lord Willing" to the end of sentences in which you state what you are going to do are common...Oh!! and of course whenever someone does something stupid you can say "Bless their heart"...that phrase basically lets you say anything about someone and it will still seem nice...such as..."She is as dumb as a rock...bless her heart."=)
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 820 times:
There are loads of differences across the English speaking world, and lots of opportunity for misunderstanding:
"Pissed" - UK, Australia - Drunk, US - Angry
"Rubber" - UK - eraser, US - well....
"Fag" - UK - cigarette, US - homosexual
Hence the baffled looks when a Brit in America says he's going to the shops to pick up some fags and a rubber!
I always loved the story during a film when an American director told Richard Burton to grab Elizabeth Taylor's fanny. He did what he thought he'd been told and the footage, whilst apparently highly entertaining, ended up on the cutting room floor. Note for Americans, in Britain, the fanny is round the front!
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 804 times:
'Knocked up' also describes getting pregnant in the UK.
I always thought that 'Wanker', a British term of abuse meaning masturbator, was unique to the UK.
When I first went to the US, I just had to look in the local phone directory in the hotel room, sure enough some poor sod had that surname. Wouldn't happen here!
'Sod' by the way is short for sodomiser, used as abuse and a term, like if your fed up with something, 'sod this!'
Also 'Bugger', short for buggery, like sod in it's useage.
'Bollocks' is slang for testicles, also like 'Balls' in useage.
Oh well, we did also give the world Shakesphere!