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12-31-2009 02:01 PM  7 years agoPost 1
hootowl

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I love the British. No sarcasm there. I also enjoy British humor and the British language.

The reason I bring this up is this British journal website got me laughing.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/science/physics/

One of the stories was this one. Read the headline.

German electropulse energy drill bitchslaps lasers

Boffins try to get closer to hot bodies

British words I need to look up..

boffin
nobbling

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Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep

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12-31-2009 02:41 PM  7 years agoPost 2
shawmcky

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The meaning of

Loose definitions,Nobbling= put a spanner in the works,to sabotage an attempt.Boffin,an expert in their particular field

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12-31-2009 02:47 PM  7 years agoPost 3
kurtk

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NOTE: From my work on Royal Enfield motorcycles and reading various manuals:

spanner = wrench

I just love listening to British people talk. My cousin's wife is from across the pond.

Sometimes words like "British" have the t pronounced with the tip of the tongue. Other times, it is more of a glottal stop. I have always been intrigued by linguistics and etymology. Never really studied either though.

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12-31-2009 03:00 PM  7 years agoPost 4
shawmcky

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Language differences

Bum=Butt,Car terms,car=automobile,boot=trunk,bonnet=hood,bumper=fender,torch=flashlight,exhaust manifold=header,manual transmission=stick shift

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12-31-2009 03:15 PM  7 years agoPost 5
Ktbone

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It's been awhile since I was in England but do the Brits still use the term "fag" for a cigarette? That one just cracks me up! The first time I heard it was in a club an the chap and I went round and round about fags and butts.

If you don't know where you are going any road will take you there.

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12-31-2009 03:27 PM  7 years agoPost 6
shawmcky

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Fag/cigarette

Still use that one,but fag or faggot is a term for gay men as well.So if you are not that way inclined ,be careful what you ask for

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01-01-2010 08:48 PM  7 years agoPost 7
9387ASH

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Been using the word fag (ciggie) for 40 odd years, no way am I changing .

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01-01-2010 09:03 PM  7 years agoPost 8
GimbalFan (RIP)

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if you are not that way inclined ,be careful what you ask for
Cor blimey, guvna! You said a bloody mouthful, wot Wot WOT? Roight then.

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

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01-01-2010 10:33 PM  7 years agoPost 9
Ktbone

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I don't know which is worse; Beg a Fag or Bumm a Butt?

You want a good one ask an Aussie to get something out of your fanny pack

If you don't know where you are going any road will take you there.

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01-01-2010 11:56 PM  7 years agoPost 10
hootowl

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Butt a Fag

Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep

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01-02-2010 12:38 AM  7 years agoPost 11
Yug

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I was allways bummin fags of china plates but thankfully, I doubt me saucepan lids would ever bovver smokin' after the bloomin' example I 'ave set them. For me it is allways a mother's pearly gate source of amuzement as language at opposite sides of the alantic 'ave evolved independently. Now, ter add ter that the effect that mobile phones 'ave 'ad on language, it's a squidders clunch & I aint even no aromatheropist.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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01-02-2010 01:01 AM  7 years agoPost 12
9387ASH

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Well slap me wif a wet kipper !!

Yug is back !

WooHoo !!! Happy New Year Matey Peeps !

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01-02-2010 01:08 AM  7 years agoPost 13
GimbalFan (RIP)

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I once had a squidders clunch on me bum. At night it itched like a patch o' perzin ervy. Two lit thin fags later, it twere burnt clean off, but now I've got blistahs own me fingahs.

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

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01-02-2010 01:27 AM  7 years agoPost 14
Yug

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Take 2 spoonfulls every 6 hours for the next 3 days. Should be better then.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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01-02-2010 04:12 AM  7 years agoPost 15
Ktbone

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If that doesn't cure it eat some spotted dick, that should clear it up wick'd good.

If you don't know where you are going any road will take you there.

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01-02-2010 04:29 AM  7 years agoPost 16
GimbalFan (RIP)

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eat some spotted dick
Spotted Dick could only be uniquely British, much like Bangers & Mash.

In the immortal words of Terry Jones, "Bedda gedda bugget."


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01-02-2010 09:51 AM  7 years agoPost 17
Chickenrun

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I just love listening to British people talk. My cousin's wife is from across the pond.
But there are so many accents here in the UK almost like a different language in some parts, ie north east and scotland,

There are some strong twangs spoken in english, eg Birmimgham (UK), Wales, Liverpool ...

Not many folk speak like the Queen here anymore , but generally the posher the person is the more you can understand them, it also depends on their social background Guv

Cheers

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01-02-2010 05:37 PM  7 years agoPost 18
alvinrc

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I get a kick out of watching some of the old British Comedy's on the telly. If ever over there, I want to try to find the little town of Dibley.

I now know that when in England, you shop at Grace Brothers, shoot darts at the pub while throwing back a couple pints of scrumpy, smoking fags, chatting up the birds, eating crisps, and breaking out in a chorus of Oh Britannia.

Am I correct in thinking that Crisps are potato chips?

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01-02-2010 05:38 PM  7 years agoPost 19
nivlek

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Am I correct in thinking that Crisps are potato chips?
Indeed you are , Sir .

At the end of the day , it gets dark .

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01-02-2010 06:43 PM  7 years agoPost 20
Arthur

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Little rhyming slang quiz for our Colonial cousins.

Threepenny bits, Bottle and glass, Richard the third, Tom tit, Merchant banker, Bristol cities, Berkshire hunt.

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