Wanna be UK'er

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  1. Salasm macrumors regular

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    Anybody know of any websites that provide American words or sayings translated into their UK equivalents?

    I know there's quite a few UK mac members here after lurking for quite some time, and I always find some of the UK terminologies interesting.

    What are some common UK phrases?
     
  2. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

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    'ere yer are, guv'. Not the best maybe, but a bit of a start. An' good luck to yer - yer and yer fine lady, if she's there. :)

    Linky
     
  3. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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  5. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a

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    I never liked the English equivalent of cigarette - a fag. After being raised in the US, I can't separate the derogatory nature of the word. Disquieting.

    The English equivalent of eraser always produced a smile - a rubber.

    Then there's snog and shag, referring to relations between consenting adults.
     
  6. XIII macrumors 68040

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    It's just funny how you guys don't use those words. :)
     
  7. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a

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    More...

    Spot of tea luv = cup of tea
    Brolly = umbrella
    Bumbershoot = umbrella
    Ta = thanks
    Cheers = thanks
    Washing up liquid = dishwashing detergent
    Sultana = raisins (I really like this one)'
    Uni = university
    Boot = trunk
    Jumper = sweater
    Qeue = line
    Tube = underground, subway
     
  8. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

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    Never mind the word "bush"

    In the US, I understand it means a President. Over here, well it is ..... :eek:
     
  9. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a

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    After understanding what a shag was, I always thought it was funny that we have shag carpets.

    Hmmm...alternate meaning? I wonder....

    :D

    It can also mean the same thing over here. We also have the phrase, "beat the bushes" meaning to look for something.
     
  10. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    I always thought these were different things - sultana=dried white grape, raisin=dried red grape. :confused:
     
  11. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe. I didn't know there was a difference. I remember seeing Sultana Bran in the grocery store in Preston, but here in the US, its referred to as Raisin Bran.

    Here's another website I have in my bookmarks...

    http://english2american.com/
     
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    Shag?

    We just say ****. :D
     
  14. XIII macrumors 68040

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    Clearly this shows the Brits superior intellect (yah, right) in that we use both words! :eek: :p
     
  15. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a

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    And here's yet another meaning for the word "bush."
     

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    Much too often, you foul-mouthed shower.
     
  17. bumpy macrumors newbie

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    That's due to the richness of british slang, we have an amazing amount of words for anythng rude. Where as the Eskimos have 200 words for snow, we have 200 words for masturbation. :D

    Just shows what's most important to a nation.
     
  18. idea_hamster macrumors 65816

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    Also keep in mind:

    "spotted dick" -- in the U.S., you should probably take some penecilin

    "fanny" -- major difference between U.S./U.K. meanings

    :cool:
     
  19. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    What's the origin of the "guv'ner" or Guv, that i hear a lot? Bart Simpson would say that when mimicking a British accent...
     
  20. clayj macrumors 604

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    Well, Oscar Wilde said, "Britain and America are two countries separated by the Atlantic Ocean," and he was right. ;)
     
  21. skunk macrumors G4

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    Governor, the person who governs you, foreman, boss or simply your social better...
    There's a touch of irony in there, too, as in country people addressing strangers as "squire".
    Both terms to be accompanied by a tip of the hat or, if short of a hat, a tug of the forelock.
     
  22. x86 macrumors regular

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    I'm curious about that as well. I first heard it while playing Dragon Quest on my PS2...
     
  23. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    Was it Oscar Wilde is was it George Bernard Shaw I'm :confused: now my memory doesn't work too well anymore.Mind you they were both Irish so offer a independent view.

    I think I need a lie down I was thinking of " two nations separated by a common language"
     
  24. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    It's just a way of saying 'governor' – someone in charge, or in a position of authority. Generally, you might say it in an effort to show a bit of respect, guv.

    EDIT: Me ol' mucker skunk got in there first, I see. *tugs forlock by way of deference*
     

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