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Thread: Understanding English at the Olympics (Funny)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    There was an author that seemed to refer to 'dangly bits' - - -
    hmmm .... SO MANY terms for the "dangly bits" (including dangly bits!), but two of my favorites are "Wedding tackle" and "Meat and Two Veg".
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    hmmm .... SO MANY terms for the "dangly bits" (including dangly bits!), but two of my favorites are "Wedding tackle" and "Meat and Two Veg".
    I hadn't heard of either of those before -

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    I spent a little time in the US and I think I was almost unintelligable to most

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    Don't forget, if someone offers to "Knock you up" it is not necessary to slap their face. They are offering to wake you up at a certain time.
    I must say that that phrase has an ENTIRELY different meaning here...something to do with the patter of tiny feet...

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    Smalles are underware.

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    I got a lot from a Police Video type TV show that I used to watch, like central reservation = median strip
    Lay-by = rest area
    slip road = exit ramp
    dual carriageway = freeway

    I always picture carriages driving down it, LOL!

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    [QUOTE=ptquilts;5397875]dual carriageway = freewayQUOTE]

    No ... a dual carriageway is a road that has a central median (like a boulevard). What we call an interstate (or freeway) is called a Motorway in England.


    another funny one my husband has used. "Put the wood in the hole" = close the door!!

    And then there is the whole cockney (East End) rhyming scheme which seems to be increasing in leaps and bounds - thanks in small part to TV shows like "East Enders" and "TOWIE's" ("The Only Way is Essex" - Englands answer to "Jersey Shore"). I (we) don't know any of the new ones, but some of the old ones are still widely used:
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    I briefly worked with a British national once, we had great fun discussing the different words...

    Togs = swimsuits
    torch = flashlight
    trolley = shopping cart

    And I think biscuits are cookies, aren't they?

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    yes, DH's uncle was once hosting some young relatives from Australia and told them he would take them to a restaurant for "All you can eat" chicken and biscuits. They were quite confused until they saw the food, and said, "Oh, you mean SCONES!"

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    This is so much fun to read.
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