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Message 464013 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 3:47:39 UTC

In the interests of multinational togetherness, it has been suggested that a thread be started so "English-speaking" posters can discuss words, expressions and phrases that are peculiar to their local version of English.

To start things off, here's an English expression:

"To pop one's clogs" Meaning: to die
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Message 464020 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 4:02:06 UTC

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Would a British Gentleman want his daughter knocked up before breakfast? Yes. Otherwise she might miss breakfast.

American meaning for knocked up: Pregnant.
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Message 464021 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 4:04:33 UTC

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Message 464031 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 4:14:32 UTC
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Here in the USA we say, "throw in the towel" and in Commonwealth countries they say, "to spit the dummy."
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Message 464061 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 5:32:36 UTC

My search for the Seinfeld commercial where he has to "learn the language" in England hasn't met with success.
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Message 464083 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 7:18:54 UTC - in response to Message 464031.

Here in the USA we say, "throw in the towel" and in Commonwealth countries they say, "to spit the dummy."


In Oz, people say "spit the dummy" when they mean to have a hissy fit.

"Throw in the towel" in England refers to a boxer's seconds throwing a towel into the ring to signify they want the referee to end the fight, as their man is taking too much of a beating.
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Message 464089 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 7:41:10 UTC

You see... there is a problem...you're correct, I was wrong.
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Message 464102 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 8:49:18 UTC

Yep...throw in the towel means "to give up"...just like DB should do! ;)

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Message 464103 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 8:52:27 UTC - in response to Message 464102.

Yep...throw in the towel means "to give up"...just like DB should do! ;)

Who pissed in your Wheaties?
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Message 464104 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 9:04:27 UTC - in response to Message 464089.

You see... there is a problem...you're correct, I was wrong.


It happens *smug grin*
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Message 464106 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 9:08:03 UTC

One of the things I like about Aussie speak are the phrases like:

Busy as a one-legged dwarf in a giant bum-kicking contest

And:

Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

I suspect, though, that those phrases may also be used in the USA.

However, the phrase:

"That tucker would kill a brown dog" is undoubtedly Aussie in origin! In case you can't guess, it means "That food is simply dreadful"
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Message 464113 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 10:18:01 UTC

I take it bush firies means Fire Fighters?
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Message 464117 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 10:39:02 UTC - in response to Message 464113.

I take it bush firies means Fire Fighters?

you can betcha ya bottom dollar....

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Message 464122 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 10:47:02 UTC - in response to Message 464117.

I take it bush firies means Fire Fighters?

you can betcha ya bottom dollar....

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Message 464147 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 12:19:59 UTC - in response to Message 464117.

I take it bush firies means Fire Fighters?

you can betcha ya bottom dollar....

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Message 464177 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 14:35:16 UTC - in response to Message 464113.
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I take it bush firies means Fire Fighters?


Yep... more specifically, firefighters that operate in the "bush"... rural areas. Generally, they are volunteers, and often the equipment they have is sub-standard, compared to the metropolitan firies.

These men and women give up holidays and often pay from their regular jobs to fight bushfires.

Ambulance crews are "ambo's" and cops are... wait for it... cops!


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Message 464179 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 14:46:30 UTC - in response to Message 464177.

I take it bush firies means Fire Fighters?


Yep... more specifically, firefighters that operate in the "bush"... rural areas. Generally, they are volunteers, and often the equipment they have is sub-standard, compared to the metropolitan firies.

These men and women give up holidays and often pay from their regular jobs to fight bushfires.

Ambulance crews are "ambo's" and cops are... wait for it... cops!



lgmfm - do you 'ave a lot of the fires being started by 'arsonists'? is iT a big problem there . . . in Los Angeles, CA. - i recalled the Media (News) would 'announce' thaT iT was " . . Fire Season" - and there would be 'rash' of fires - MOST of which were started by arsonists . . . is this a problem for your 'firies' too?



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Message 464380 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 20:36:20 UTC - in response to Message 464179.
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I take it bush firies means Fire Fighters?


Yep... more specifically, firefighters that operate in the "bush"... rural areas. Generally, they are volunteers, and often the equipment they have is sub-standard, compared to the metropolitan firies.

These men and women give up holidays and often pay from their regular jobs to fight bushfires.

Ambulance crews are "ambo's" and cops are... wait for it... cops!



lgmfm - do you 'ave a lot of the fires being started by 'arsonists'? is iT a big problem there . . . in Los Angeles, CA. - i recalled the Media (News) would 'announce' thaT iT was " . . Fire Season" - and there would be 'rash' of fires - MOST of which were started by arsonists . . . is this a problem for your 'firies' too?



It's a problem that is endemic every where especialy but not exclusively in the long summer school holidays ie bored kids hot weather dry grass/moorland and before you know it there is the distinct smell of a fire somewhere in the neighbourhood by the way moorland fires are the worst they can smoulder for weeks below ground and erupt at the slightest breeze.
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Message 464383 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 20:37:41 UTC - in response to Message 464013.

In the interests of multinational togetherness, it has been suggested that a thread be started so "English-speaking" posters can discuss words, expressions and phrases that are peculiar to their local version of English.

To start things off, here's an English expression:

"To pop one's clogs" Meaning: to die

keep your hair on =donot loose your temper
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Message 464386 - Posted: 23 Nov 2006, 20:40:52 UTC - in response to Message 464020.
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Would a British Gentleman want his daughter knocked up before breakfast? Yes. Otherwise she might miss breakfast.

American meaning for knocked up: Pregnant.

In the Mill towns of Yorkshire &lancashire there were men that would go round knocking up the workers before the invention of reliable alarm clocks,cheap ones anyway.
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