cmvgor

[b]I Said / His Lordship Said... Anglo-American Expressions[/b]

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In MR. LUCKY (1943), the title character (Cary Grant) teaches a socialite (Laraine Day) cockney rhyming slang. Among others: "Bottles and stoppers" means "coppers."

 

Also, "Trouble and strife" means "wife."

 

Google "british slang" and you'll find plenty of websites that give hundreds, or thousands, of examples.

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BRIT -- "Who is he, when he's at home?"

AMER -- "What's the real lowdown on this guy?"

...(From law-enforcement and espionage contexts. Basically, "Are we dealing with a cover story?")

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Still with law-enforcement and espionage terms:

 

BRIT -- Legend.

AMER -- Cover story.

 

Applied to false identity, sometimes complete with forged documents and with false information planted in official records. Meant to stand up to a background check.

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BRIT -- ****! *

AMER -- Damn!, #^(%@, etc, etc, etc.

 

...* This one came to mind tonight when Helen Mirren, in the role of Queen Elizabeth II, used it when her vehicle broke down. (The Queen, 2007)

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> {quote:title=cmvgor wrote:}{quote}

> BRIT -- ****! *

> AMER -- Damn!, #^(%@, etc, etc, etc.

> ...* This one came to mind tonight when Helen Mirren, in the role of Queen Elizabeth II, used it when her vehicle broke down. (The Queen, 2007)

 

On reflection, I'm reasonably certain that "Bother!" is a euphemism for "****".

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BRIT -- Journo (for journalist-- a term of hostility and contempt: "Lyin' f****** scum who'll write anything just to fill paper.")

AMER -- Newspaper hacks.

 

(In the movie where I ran across this term, it involved football (i.e. soccer) fans discussing sportswriters!)

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