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

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BRIT: Serviettes

AMER: Napkins

 

BRIT: Sweets

AMER: Candy

 

BRIT: Shut Yer Gob!

AMER: Shut Up - Be Quiet

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incompetence

BRIT: They couldn't organize a pi**-up at a brewery.*
AMER: They couldn't find their a*s with both hands.

*...Verbatim from the narration in The Story of Film, An Odyssey (1965-69)

Edited by: flashback42 on Oct 22, 2013 6:19 AM

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Tut, tut, Emgee

 

Brits - Solicitor or Barrister (two-tiered legal system) Wigless and wigged.

Yanks - Lawyer

 

 

Brits - Snogged

Yanks - Kissed

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An earlier entry had a term perhaps not fully defined for the context

BRIT: pi** up
AMER: Binge, bash, drunken gathering.

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Brit: cracking

Yank: stunning, exceptional

Bostonian: Wicked

 

 

 

 

Wallace to Grommit: Cracking good toast!

 

Edited by: patsydahling on Oct 23, 2013 8:41 AM

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Wicked has now also passed into British youth culture lingo

 

"Wicked bad" is exceptionally good

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Some areas of Boston will not be happy about that. Becoming a global village may make us all the same - and boring.

 

 

" 'Everybody says words different,' said Ivy. 'Arkansas folks says 'em different, and Oklahomy folks says 'em different. And we seen a lady from Massachusetts, an' she said 'em different of all. Couldn't hardly make out what she was sayin'!' "

-- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, 1939.

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Couldn't agree more, but our beloved movies do play an important part in this phenomenon.

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BRIT: Rubble*

AMER: Trouble

 

...*In the 2001 version of Ocean's Eleven uncredited Don Cheadle, ultra-Cockney accented, explains a procedure to the gang, and ends with what could go wrong and cause "rubble". They look blank: He explains, "Barney Rubble." Still blank, so he translates from the British Rhyming Slang, "Trouble!"

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first post on the new format

 

noun

BRIT:  Muck

AMER:  Mess, filth, esp. mud or barnyard dung, etc.

 

verb

BRIT:  Muck about

AMER:  Goof off, f**k around, etc, esp. while neglecting assigned tasks or duties.  Includes causing hardship to those in charge.

 

"I will not be mucked about!"

...verbatim  from dialogue in The Bofors Gun (British, 1968), by a detail Sergeant dealing with some finagling Privates.

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BRIT:  Mobile (pronounced mo-Bile)

AMER:  Cell phone

 

BRIT:  I'm going to chunder.

AMER:  I'm gonna throw up.

 

Expressions used in Minnie Driver's dialogue in the 4/8/14 episode of About a Boy on NBC

 

 

BTW, the etymology of "chunder"is a hoot.  To be found online under British Slang.

Edited by flashback42

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BRIT:  A bit of a c0ck-up*

AMER:  Fouled up situation, snafu

 

*...Verbatim from Rhys Ifans as "Mycroft Holmes" in the 4/24/14 episode of Elementary on CBS

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BRIT:  "I have need of a gentleman who's comfortable with firearms and not hesitant to engage in dangerous endeavors." *

 

AMER:  "I'm looking to hire a gunman.  A good one, with experience."

 

*...Dialogue from the new SHO series Penny Dreadful, which premiered last night.

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BRIT:  "A game of cat-and-mouse is afoot." *

 

AMER:  "Somebody's setting up a con, maybe a trap."

 

...*Verbatim from Johnny Lee Miller in the May 15 episode of Elementary  On CBS.

 

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