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Persilot
(stardust savant)
05/24/06 05:30 PM
Cultural dictionary new  

I've often found myself frustrated when I open up a post and realise that I haven't got a frigging clue what is being discussed because it is about a TV programme or celebrity known only in their home country. I myself am often guilty of using references I could only really expect someone from England to understand... and thus in the interests of promoting cultural understanding I propose we keep a dictionary of such phenomena.

Basically anytime someone uses a reference in a post they believe people might not understand or misinterpret they can cross reference it to this thread. Then if someone uses it again, they too can cross reference it to this thread. Over time we'll hopefully build up an interesting mish-mash of cultural information about words, television and celebrities which might be worth a read in its own right.

Just a little bit of it can bring you up or down.Like the supper it is cooking in your hometown.it is chicken, it is eggs, it is in between your legs.it is walking on the moon, leaving your cocoon.

Persilot
(stardust savant)
05/24/06 05:34 PM
FAG- English use new [re: Persilot]  

FAG In Britain this is as a slang term for a cigarette. Ie, someone wanting to smoke might consider taking a "fag break" or "having a fag".

Just a little bit of it can bring you up or down.Like the supper it is cooking in your hometown.it is chicken, it is eggs, it is in between your legs.it is walking on the moon, leaving your cocoon.

Persilot
(stardust savant)
05/24/06 05:37 PM
GIT- English new [re: Persilot]  

GIT. A git is someone who despite being a complete and utter useless bastard somehow always seems to come up smelling of roses. Often used to describe someone who gets a lucky break they don't deserve or someone in a position of higher authority who doesn't really deserve to be there.

Just a little bit of it can bring you up or down.Like the supper it is cooking in your hometown.it is chicken, it is eggs, it is in between your legs.it is walking on the moon, leaving your cocoon.

Persilot
(stardust savant)
05/24/06 06:01 PM
Re: Cultural dictionary new [re: Persilot]  

WANKER To call someone a wanker is to suggest that they masturbate excessively... ie/ they do a lot of wanking. To wank is to masturbate. This is considered to be a relatively mild insult in Blighty usually applied to someone who is being a bit stupid or unreasonable.

Wanker is not to be mistaken with WANKERED. If you are totally wankered, it means that you are very very drunk. Some people may also imply that they are WANKED OUT implying that they are very tired and need a rest.

Just a little bit of it can bring you up or down.Like the supper it is cooking in your hometown.it is chicken, it is eggs, it is in between your legs.it is walking on the moon, leaving your cocoon.

Tristan
(legendary cowboy)
05/24/06 07:15 PM
Re: Cultural dictionary new [re: Persilot]  

At this rate, you should become an acolyte in no time.

Censorship in America.


Monkeyboy
(band intro)
05/24/06 08:42 PM
Re: FAG- English use new [re: Persilot]  

In reply to:

"fag break"


Oh my!

(insert catch phrase)

Strawman
(acolyte)
05/25/06 04:20 AM
Re: Cultural dictionary new [re: Persilot]  

Fanny-Pack, here in England, is what you Americans would otherwise know as a Bum-Bag.

People have actually been known to wear them as a fashion accessory.

Wraith2, a busboy -(brit - trainee waiting staff) wears pantyhose, whereas ladies & waitresses in the UK often wear tights - especially during the winter months..

Americans also call a postman a letter carrier for fucks sake.

They say math as opposed to maths too - I'm not sure why, because the word mathematics clearly has an s at the end of it?

Dara
(acolyte)
05/25/06 10:49 AM
Re: Cultural dictionary new [re: Strawman]  

In reply to:

They say math as opposed to maths too - I'm not sure why, because the word mathematics clearly has an s at the end of it



So does Home Economics, but I've heard Brits shorten that fucker to Home Ec, rather than Home Ecs.

Math sounds abominable to my ears too, but then as Emil pointed out, I grew up under the Anglo-Saxian influence, so it's probably just that. Objectively, I think you could mount a case for either.

Most Americanisms sound okay to me, but there's a few that sound just wrong. "Write me" always instantly has me wondering why they want me to write the word "me".

Then there's "Wait up" when it just means "Wait". What does the up bring to the party? My wife the linguist claims this is because Americans are people who speak English but really want to be speaking German.

Slan libh,

Dara

Fiona: I want to be a nutcracker when I grow up.
Burkey: There's no such job.
Fiona: Oh, okay, pedant, a castrater then.
Burkey: Ouch.


Vanessa_Y
(crash course raver)
05/25/06 11:27 AM
Re: Cultural dictionary new [re: Strawman]  

Unless I am reading this post wrong..
I am from Iowa, U.S.A. and have always called it a Fanny Pack, and a postman, a post man, or else Mail man.



"I suppose if I were a lot older--like 40 or 50--I'd be a wonderful sugar daddy to some little queen down in Kensington. I'd have a houseboy named Richard to order around."DB, 1976




Persilot
(stardust savant)
05/25/06 12:23 PM
Re: Cultural dictionary new [re: Tristan]  

In reply to:

At this rate, you should become an acolyte in no time.


Well it was either this or fill in for Dogz whilst he was away... that would have helped my posting count rocket.

Just a little bit of it can bring you up or down.Like the supper it is cooking in your hometown.it is chicken, it is eggs, it is in between your legs.it is walking on the moon, leaving your cocoon.


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