Help with the language.

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  1. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Its been said that GB and the USA are two countries divided by a common language. Sitting here on the left bank of the Pond, I'm sometimes mystified by the words coming from 'over there.' Recent case in point; chuffed.

    Can one of you Union Jack types provide an up-to-date lexicon of recently-minted words?

    While on the topic, check out the new translation of the Bible into Aussie!
     
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    Grrrr, Americans claiming to speak English again!!!

    Chuffed just means happy, been around for decades now, here's a link to its entry in dictionary.com:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/chuffed

    other words from around the same time:

    blag: to spin a con, one can blag or be blagged, one can even be a blagger, this relates more to petty idiocy than 'con artists'

    Chav: check out www.chavscum.co.uk it'd take too long to explain but the closest US equivalent I can think of is 'trailer park trash'

    Vex: means the same as vexed but the abbreviation has become acceptable.

    Rag: to 'rag' and engine is to over rev it, works with other things, basically pushing something beyond it's designs to the point of breaking it.

    Lets not get started on cockney rhyming slang!

    Anyone else got more?


    Aussie bible?!?! I might actually read that one...
     
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    Best. Language. Ever.
     
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    There sure is alot of it, I only understand the really basic stuff but I bet if you put it all together it would be bigger than the dictionary!
     
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    Thanks, Mate.

    Think I'll have a drink with my fork 'n knife. Everything here's just tickety-boo.

    Quick story 'bout that last golden oldie:

    B-17, WWII, US crew, badly shot up and limping back toward base in GB. Worried stiff about possible German fighters. Pilot looks out, sees Spitfire flying wing. Radio comes alive with a cultured British voice: 'Hello there, Big Friend. Is everything tickety-boo?' Deepfelt sense of relief. With Spit escort, they knew they were going to make it home.

    I know you blokes did, after all, invent the language. And a marvelous instrument it is.
     
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    i think we like to take credit for it but mostly all the words in english come from latin, germanic, norse and french.

    I have a friend who is german and she knows several languages including english and latin. I like to go through the english dictionary to find the most obscure word that i can find, and often don't know the meaning of myself, and ask her what it means. Even if she's never heared it before, she can usually figure out what it means by familar sounding words in latin.
     
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    :lol: Funniest thing I ever had happen with the language. I have a close internet friend in Aberdeen Wales. She asked me one time..."do you speak British or American. " I said. Canadian eh:lmao: :lol: :lmao:
     
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    the word 'Avocado' comes from 'Aguacate', the Spanish word for testicles.
     
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    Oh man, you had a ruin a good thing didn't you. :lmao:
     
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    lol, for somereason it was derived from the earlier latin for lawyer:

    avocado
    1763, from Sp. avocado, altered (by folk etymology influence of avocado "lawyer," from same L. source as advocate) from earlier aguacate, from Nahuatl ahuakatl "testicle." So called for its shape.

    Never heard of a soft lawyer before!
     
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    Cap'n:

    The link was eyebrow-raising, to be sure. However, I was looking more for those words which might show up on this site. Another example; 'duff.'
     

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