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Forearm Trainer


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3303 Posts
8/03
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 6:12PM
Which words or phrases do you prefer in American English or in English English ?

Here's one I love in American - pantyhose . Far better than 'tights' if you ask me . Panties are always inviting , and the 'hose' part is just plain naughty .

"Sidewalk" on the other hand might be accurate , but it's also unimaginative . Pavement has a touch more mystique to it , if you ask me . And if there's one thing pavement's are generally lacking , it's mystique !

So what words or phrases would you trade ?

Edited because - apparently Australian's can talk too (and not just to crow over their latest sporting triumph , either) !

Edited by - lee o on Jun 16 2005


Senior Member

1724 Posts
5/05
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 6:15PM
I always preferred "shag" to a "fuck" but I rarely say it as British pretension doesn't work for me. DC pretension does.

Knuckle Dragger

9505 Posts
2/03
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 6:24PM
The phrase "Rogered up the Gary" means nothing to most Americans, but cobalt knows....oh, yes, he does.
Ejac
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2295 Posts
9/04
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 6:36PM
Shag sounds so appropriate coming from a Brit. It's expected, and to hear the word fuck coming out of their mouths seems so humiliating.

From any other nationality, I prefer fuck.



Forearm Trainer

mmmmmmm........ after-birth
3303 Posts
8/03
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 6:40PM
I just realised that Cobalt has turned into Gollum . When did that happen , and more crucially which one of you is The Dark Lord ?
Shag's a tricky one . Sometimes people will say they shagged so and so , when in reality they just mean they got off together (tongues , hands , knees and toes , knees and toes) . Fucking , on the other hand , is unmistakable .

Edited by - lee o on 6/16/2005 6:41:18 PM

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Silencio...
104341 Posts
2/00
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 6:43PM
I HATE the word shag where carpet or a twisted all little girl band is not concerned, to pit it against the hallowed majesty of fuck ...grrrrr...

However, I like Zounds! and Cor Blimey! Much better than saying God's Wounds! or God Blind Me!


Former Fucking Virgin

Paying trib-ute to SinncentVanSage
4918 Posts
12/04
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 6:44PM
In some cases I prefer British English, especially when it comes to spelling words with or without the 'u'. There's a 'u' in Gauge, so engauge yourself in writing a 'u' wherever you can. Especially in the 'U'SA this should be of more than average importance.
As for the ending of many words I think the American -ize is somewhat cooler than the British -ise

When it comes to pronunciation I'm used to the British version, so that's what I prefer just because I'm used to it. So I say pat-triot, not pay-triot.

As for different expressions with the same meaning I'm often not aware that one is British and the other American, I don't care that much. For example 'autumn' reminds me of the French 'automne' while 'fall' makes me think of falling leaves. I use both.

Then there are different meanings for the same expressions. When a girl asks 'Wanna shag?' I hope she's from England, when she asks 'Wanna screw?' I hope she's American. Pure coincidence, I guess.


Edit: Someone edited the title and brought Australian in, and now it looks like I completely ignored that. Thought of getting rid of an opponent in the Loraine Cup, right? So let me tell you I'm actually sailing to Australia with Selena Silver to make sure I'll be the best lover in the world when I'm finally there. I'll tell you as soon as Selena can't make me cum by just speaking Australian anymore.

“England and America are two countries separated by the same language”

—George Bernard Shaw

Edited by - VincentVanGauge on 6/16/2005 8:10:16 PM


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1248 Posts
8/02
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 6:57PM
What's a "wanker"?

Knuckle Dragger

9505 Posts
2/03
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:01PM
A guff-breathed git.
 
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Your other left
28335 Posts
3/02
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:01PM
Silly sod.

Forearm Trainer

mmmmmmm........ after-birth
3303 Posts
8/03
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:03PM
An indiscriminate forearm trainer .

An English word which is much underused in the world at large is "cunting" , as in "fucking give me back my crisps you cunting bastard ."

Don't forget , the power's in the wrist .

Edited by - lee o on 6/16/2005 7:06:54 PM


Senior Member

4767 Posts
3/04
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:17PM
'ere LeeO, be a luv and show us yer truncheon.

Meantime I'll see if I can find some spectacular vernacular...maybe even some Australian English.

The sidewalk is mostly the footpath here, the concrete edge that meets the road and gutter is the kerb , in NZ it's the verge I think. Ass -- arse like those both.

Edited by - Loraine on 6/16/2005 7:19:43 PM


Sex Object by Proxy

"We all want our time in Hell."
3095 Posts
8/04
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:24PM
I don't know that I prefer one to the other. There are certain words and phrases that are hard to pull off as an American, e.g. "horrid" or "smashing brilliant", but if I lived in England, I'd say those frequently!

Official BlowBang Judge

Would you like my autograph?
7504 Posts
12/04
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:28PM
I prefer banger over sausage .

Forearm Trainer

mmmmmmm........ after-birth
3303 Posts
8/03
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:30PM
Stop watching Hugh Grant movies , please !

Mine's one of those new fangled extendable truncheons , El , just thick like the old style . Now , get yer knickers on , and get us a cup a char !

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Comstock Films

6887 Posts
8/03
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:35PM
If you lived in England there'd be a quota on mustard.

Sex Object by Proxy

"We all want our time in Hell."
3095 Posts
8/04
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:48PM
Fuck you, too, or uh thanks, or something.

Member

125 Posts
5/05
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 7:54PM
As a Brit male I remember being shocked some years ago when I was sharing a dorm in Maastricht with some Americans to be accused by those same Americans of wearing "suspenders". When it comes to clothes I far prefer the British terms: waistcoat (to US vest), vest (undershirt), trousers (pants), pants (underpants), braces (suspenders) and suspenders (garters).

Besides that lot "Shite" is a word that deserves wider currency outside the UK - along with its friends, "gobshite", "shitehole", "shiteface" etc.

(Editted to add that I might be willing to wear suspenders if the right girl asked me to - but I haven't met her yet, so I'll stick to wearing braces.)

Edited by - Preacher man on 6/16/2005 7:58:40 PM


Comstock Films

6887 Posts
8/03
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 8:12PM
No limits on horseradish.

Senior Member

Take the plan, spin it sideways.
3946 Posts
9/02
Posted - Jun 16 2005 : 8:17PM
A Wanker/ have a wank....means a handjob in American English!

Senior Member

4767 Posts
3/04
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 12:17AM
LeeO wrote
Knickers during daylight hours? Are you clear out of your mind or a lovable eejit man? Or are taking the mickey or taking the piss or maybe you're on for a blue?

Cunting sounds very James Joyce to me.

VVG -- Am I to assume that you've sailing the looooong way here?

Preacher man wrote

Love "shite" great word. I'm confused about pants and trousers now ...I think I may have been at cross purposes with a pants wearer -- I wonder what other kinds of cross cultural misunderstandings I've been involved in? Sweater, cardigan, jumper, jersey, gurnsy, pullover...

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Scopophiliac
21098 Posts
9/02
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 12:36AM
Half my family tree is English, and Cockney at that -- so I've got a soft spot for the Slanglish.

Ozzie chatter sounds wonderfully esoteric though: Joycean with a kick.


Super Cool Dude

1653 Posts
7/02
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 11:00AM
How about the word: lift versus elevator? I think I prefer elevator over lift.

creampie scientist

Searching for blonde and red bush
6905 Posts
10/02
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 11:47AM
The dog's bollocks, that's bollocks.

Forearm Trainer

mmmmmmm........ after-birth
3303 Posts
8/03
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 11:53AM
Yeah , elevator is probably classier , though to be honest nearly everyone over here uses a lift - when they don't just take the stairs that is .
Ell , you're a pisser !

Something I wish we did use is "fanny pack" , even if the things are an abomination against any sense of style . Over here we call them "bum bags" , which is fine as far as it goes ... But "fanny" in England is a common name for a woman's squelchy bits , so you can see how "fanny pack" would take on a whole new - and more interesting - meaning !

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The Cuddler

*struck
(She slipped)

4833 Posts
1/04
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 12:45PM
Shag is great. Who but the British could have thought of naming tobacco after sexual acts?

So, I pulled down her knickers for a bit of how's yer father, and saw to it she was well sorted.
Know what-ah-mean, nudge nudge, say no more. (classic stuff)
Bob's yer uncle.


Unfortunately I haven't heard much Aussie slang, but what little I have heard sounds great:

Fair dinkum.
Sticky beak.
Sheila.
Yobbo.
A few snags short of a barbie.
Dead horse. (I think it's ketchup)
Septic tank. (*ahem* )

Gary, Berk, Blimey... Gotta love them Cock neys.

How many Americans recognise Cockney slang anyway?
I thought you pretty much all would, but I've come across one Sep*cough* sorry Yank who'd never even heard 'Cor Blimey' before. Shocked I was.

Do you think some Glitter up the bum could help out the gape-lovers in that other thread, by bringing some light to the place where the sun rarely holds dominion?


Senior Member

Take the plan, spin it sideways.
3946 Posts
9/02
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 1:00PM
Nice pair of Bristols = nice Tits!
Cockney slang...Bristol city = Titty

coolest cucumber

who
3563 Posts
11/02
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 1:02PM
I also prefer elevator to lift.
I absolutely adore knickers , it's so sexy.
Shite sounds so much filthier, heavier than shit.
Bloody buggerin' French tourists is so French & Saunders.
Bollocks is another favourite.
Ans speaking of favourite , colours have more texture & are much more sensuous than colors.

Basically, I'd say British lingo over American. Though I love "getouttahere", and I don't think I've ever heard it in England. Oh, and that French/Brit rivalry is bollocks indeed. We love each other, we just won't say.


Forearm Trainer

mmmmmmm........ after-birth
3303 Posts
8/03
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 1:43PM
Shhh . You're gonna spoil the make-up sex .
Sorry to burst some illusions here , but outside Dick Van Dyke's comic cockey turn in Mary Poppins "cor blimey" is narry to be heard in these here parts . How can any American have not heard "cor blimey" , I thought Mary Poppins was required childhood viewing since at least the 70s ?

Oh , and I'm being dense , but what was the "Sep______" word gonna be before your balls floated on down the river ?!

Sheila is a classic . And with that I've found my new nickname for Loraine . I'm gonna make you're life a living hell , Ell . But in a nice way !

Okay , off to Tescos I go .


The Cuddler

*struck
(She slipped)

4833 Posts
1/04
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 2:08PM
Mind if I butt in?
No worries mate. They're too full and heavy to float. I'll fish 'em out later.

Anyway, that would have read 'septic tank'. Aussie rhyming slang. Perhaps the bonza sheila herself will explain it.

And I'll second Vodka's British spellings. Shite needs an e, and what's with the American misspellings of analogue and aluminium?


Member

125 Posts
5/05
Posted - Jun 17 2005 : 6:33PM
Apparently they're called "Brads" these days - as in Brad Pitts = tits

On the subject of rhyming slang (and, indeed, tits) I wonder if any American would recognise "titfer" which has entered standard British English as a word for headwear, derived from tit for tat/hat.


Senior Member

Take the plan, spin it sideways.
3946 Posts
9/02
Posted - Jun 19 2005 : 9:21PM
I still love the word Bristols....i guess because thats my city of birth in the UK!

Senior Member

4502 Posts
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Posted - Jun 20 2005 : 4:49AM
How about some German English?

-HANDY

-SHOWMASTER


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Take the plan, spin it sideways.
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Posted - Jun 20 2005 : 4:54AM
Esel Bumsen

Member

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Posted - Jun 20 2005 : 7:03AM
It is interesting, for the Germans it is a "handy", to the British a "mobile" and for the Americans a "cell" (I don't know what the Aussies call it - though I would imagine that they use the American term). Usually new technology spreads to different countries with only minor changes of name - most languages use words that are close to the English telephone, television, computer, email etc (ok, the Germans have 'fernsehen' for TV, but that's just wilful teutonic perversity), yet with the mobile telephone a whole range of new names have sprung up.

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Take the plan, spin it sideways.
3946 Posts
9/02
Posted - Jun 20 2005 : 7:09AM
i just want to get my todger out and have a roll in the hay with some slapper!

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Heretic, Iconoclast, Skeptic
5797 Posts
8/03
Posted - Jun 20 2005 : 9:06AM
Australians call it a "mobile". We get a mix of British and American words here.

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The smartbuydisc.rus
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12/03
Posted - Jul 4 2005 : 2:06AM
For Americans, jerkoff would be the closest synonym for wanker.

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Posted - Jul 4 2005 : 2:22AM
One of the finest British English terms is "brilliant". The American "awesome", "rad" or "excellent" do not do it justice.

Bollocks and bloody are two of my favorite British English terms.

America has nothing similar to Page 3 girls. England wins this one in a walk-over.


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Posted - Apr 10 2019 : 9:08AM
Many years ago I was in my parents homeland of Egypt. Even in their native Arabic, they called a tissue a Kleenex. They called a band aid a plaster. I'd never heard that.

I also didn't know that flashlight was just an American term for a torch until I heard it on 'Just Shoot Me'.


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From the land of peasant living
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Posted - Apr 14 2019 : 12:10PM
I like various British terms;

Boot rather than car trunk

Lift rather than elevator

Mackintosh rather than raincoat


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Posted - Apr 15 2019 : 4:19AM
^ I've never heard of a Mackintosh.

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Posted - Apr 19 2019 : 10:18PM
When I was growing up, British TV shows would call a car "a motah'. I thought that was great. Is that still the case in Britain?

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Posted - May 16 2019 : 6:52AM
I was watching 'King of Queens' the other day, and they referred to a cell phone as a mobile phone.

I remember watching 'Perfect Strangers' and they referred to flip flops as thongs.


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2942 Posts
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Posted - Jun 16 2019 : 9:17AM
Do Americans still say "ATM machine"?

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Less identical crap, more sleaze and bush!
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Posted - Jun 16 2019 : 10:27AM
Australian comedian Carl Barron talking about thongs in Australia vs England..


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Posted - Jun 17 2019 : 4:48AM
^ Thanks. That was great.

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Posted - Jun 18 2019 : 9:03PM
They used to be called thongs here in the States. I was confused the first time I heard the other usage. What do panties have to do with sandals?
 
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Posted - Jun 19 2019 : 12:13PM
That was fantastic. Noah Trevor did a similar bit on Netflix about "Napkins".

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Posted - Jun 20 2019 : 11:10AM
Is calling a vacuum cleaner a 'Hoover' of British origin?
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