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Freddy Woo writes, "My wife thinks calling the front room a lounge is common. Worse, a friend of hers recently admonished her daughter for calling a toilet, a toilet. Lavatory darling. It's lavatory."

My own mother refused to let me use the word 'oblong' instead of 'rectangle'. Which is just odd, to be honest.

What stuff do you think is common?

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:06)
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I heard a shop assistant tell their friend:
"Its not 'I was drunk innit'! Its 'I was drunk isn't it'".
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 23:14, 2 replies)
Microwave kebabs
My mother denies having ever heard of them, let alone keeping them in the freezer when I was 18, for when I came in late.

She fucking did though.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 23:08, 3 replies)
Common British Tourists Abroad. (and ex pats)
Living close to a holiday area, sadly I get to see Common British tourists, and actually common expats quite often.

You can spot them a mile away. I live in the warmer climate of Southern Spain as most of you know. I generall give British Tourists one of two names.

"Just Landed": Fresh off their easyjet flight, theyre wandering town with no t-shirt on, shorts and flip flops (despite it only being 25c) and getting excited about finding a bar called "The Queen Vic" which sells Guinness and Pukka Pies. They stand out above anyone else because they're pastey white.

"Day 2". The red lobsters, wandering around with a vest on, sweating and grumbling that its "too hot" and that they feel poorly because the ice cubes are different. "It must be 'water 'ere!"

Serioulsy though, I love British tourists that come out to foreign countries and just expect to get the same as they do at home. (end sarcasm). Ive dragged people into Spanish tapas bars for them to ask for a "Smirnoff Ice"

And Ex Pats.. oh gawd, sometimes I think theyre worse. They learnt how to say Por Favor and Gracias, so suddenly they're a native speaker. They all seem to have really strong southern accents for some reason. Like they really need to throw their accent across far more than they would have done at home. Because they now live here, they are so up and above the tourists and get insulted when people think that they're tourists.
Despite living here they know sod all about Spain, and its people and spend most of their time whinging and moaning that its too hot and how things dont work the same here as they did back home.

That'll do for now :)
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 22:51, 13 replies)
In keeping with MrDog's post below,
People who pronounce Renault as Renn-olt.

Do they say Peugeot as perr-goat? No.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 22:42, 13 replies)
People who put extra "s's" onto peoples names.

Cliff Richards
Michael Jacksons

Also mongs who say Rockweiler instead of Rottweiler are common as shite.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 22:38, 7 replies)
Probably Bindun
But did anyone see kerry Katona on being interviewed by Phil and Fern this morning. (I'm sat at home with the baby see)
If you didn't see it, it'll be in HEAT or Closer next week. keep your eyes peeled.

She was being interviewed as she is having a big comeback, and wanted everyone to see how well she is doing now. Except she was slurring her words something rotten. At about 10.30am. And when Phil pulled her up on it, and asked her why she was slurring, well, she went nuts and got really aggressive, just proving, that she is, in fact, the common alcoholic tramp we all knew she was all along.

Oh the irony of it all.
Kerry Katona, I salute you!

Edit: I knew as I was watching it, that it was going to be big tabloid news. Mr Stella came home and said that he'd heard it on the radio whilst at work. I feel priviledged (spelling, soz) to have seen it first hand, as it was happening. look at my replies, there's a handy link if you missed it (me not having the smarts to figure out how to do this!) Big up to buffet_the_appetite_slayer for linkage!
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 21:37, 14 replies)
And just to add onto SenorBurtReynolds point...
Being an arrogant elitist shit on forums. It doesn't make you cool and while you may have a happy, successful real life, being a snipey twat and being nasty to people on talk boards makes you look like a 12 year old boy-chav. Hmph.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 21:03, Reply)
insulting people via private message..
grrr.. I've had a few on b3ta (not today mind - the 2 PMs are perfectly fine if you're watching)
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 21:01, 6 replies)
I'm feeling quite common this evening
I moan as much as the next person about Christmas starting earlier every year, but I get pathetically excited about the "party food" that appears in the supermarket frozen food cabinets around this time. Sod parties, I buy it for myself. 3 for £5 on duck spring rolls, prawn wontons and breaded cream cheese stuffed jalapenos. Fucking yes. It's like having a crap takeaway in your freezer.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 20:40, 5 replies)
What's in a name?
I come from a nice place, was brought up (reasonably) well, but seem to have stumbled far beyond the enemy lines and well into "common" territory a couple of times ...

Let me explain - my son was born in 1999, when the Twin Towers were standing and Katie Price was Katie Price and childless.

Katie Price becomes "Jordan" and then, in 2002 had a son with some second-rate footballer who she chose to name "Harvey".

Now what I thought was a nice name - Jordan Harvey - makes me look like some kind of psycho stalker and causes my son no end of grief in the playground.

In my defence, my parents chose to name me "Tracy" because they thought it was "unusual", so perhaps I'm just unconsciously continuing the cycle of abuse?
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 20:24, 6 replies)
Do piss off you pretencious twunt.. what's wrong with "use"?
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 20:08, 9 replies)
it's "fierce"..

*runs and mutters "humbug" while people make valid points about the evolution of language*
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 20:06, Reply)
I recently overheard
a rather large woman in a tracksuit calling her children:

"Madeup! Bullshit! CopiedfromTV!"
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:47, 2 replies)
putting a "JUH" sound at the end of a word to emphasize it
like a whingey little brat begging for a chocolate bar in a shop; "but DaddyyyyyJUH! I want a chocolatUH!"

You're not a tennis player, you common little cunt, stop doing it.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:41, Reply)
Certain Children's Names
Overheard in a shopping centre:

"C'mon kids! Rose! Axl! Let's Go!"
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:28, 1 reply)
On here I think
I read a few weeks back that having a Television in the bedroom was common.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:25, 1 reply)
My BF sister got married a few weeks ago. Her two daughter's ,10 and 12, were bridemaids. They have fake tattoo's of red hearts on their upper arms to match their mum. Both girls were drinking and smoking with full family approval. One picture that Lucy,the bride,is really proud of shows the youngest with a lit ciggy hanging from her mouth giving her a light while the other one is still waiting for a light. Amber,the 10 year old, even posted this picture on her webpage and took it to school to show her teacher her bridemaid dress which cost about £300 and hardly covered anything!!!!
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:24, 10 replies)
I'm so common I don't even calculate other people's worth with petty, irrelevant nit-picking.
Beat that.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 19:13, Reply)
This could be the winnar...
People who have a German Shepard called "Lady".
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:45, 7 replies)
TV programme
Police show on ITV, "The Bill" - surely it should be "The William"?

(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:45, 2 replies)
answering the phone
Many people think answering the phone with "hello" is common. My mate took it to an extreme and answered the phone with a rather curt "What?"

So I started answering the phone with "Ahoy-hoy"
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:34, 15 replies)
Probably already mentioned
when people take the kitchen table chairs out into the street, sit there and drink all afternoon and into the night. Yes, the houses may have small, south-facing front gardens, but do they need to spill out onto the street?
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:25, 3 replies)
Overheard in Worcester.
Mother to child.
"It's not "we am" it's "we is"
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:16, 3 replies)
What vs. Pardon.
Definitely What = Common.

What is short for "what did you say?"

Pardon is short for "I beg your pardon, I didn't hear you"

Which of these extended phrases do you think you'd be more likely to hear a chav saying?
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 18:15, 9 replies)
Nothing to do with being chavvy, but something far too common where I work
is people asking 'I know you're busy but...'
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 17:51, Reply)
Am I the only person to have thought that, in the theme tune to their TV show, the Wombles announced their membership of the working classes? It only occurred to me a couple of years ago that they said "the Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we" and not "The Wombles of Wimbledon, common are we".

(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 17:24, 5 replies)
On the "what" versus "pardon" debate.
I was always told (along with "loo" instead of "toilet", "how do you do" instead of "pleased to meet you" etc) that one should say "what" instead of "pardon". "I beg your pardon" is a just about acceptable alternative.

Thus one day, when I was about 5 or 6, when asked to do something by my teacher, which I didn't quite catch, I said "what"?
She sternly told me to "say pardon, 'what' is rude".
Innocently, I just piped up with "my mummy says it's common to say 'pardon', and I should never say it."

And yet sometimes I wonder why I was bullied so much at school.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 17:19, 4 replies)
One final note about common.
There has been many a discourse on these hallowed pages about quality ‘x’ being common and therefore the people who publicly or otherwise perpetrate this quality are heinous weasels etc.

I am guilty of this behaviour myself but in the interests of being somewhat didactic, I think that this sort of conduct is entirely without any sort of redemptive qualities beyond a mere cheap cathartic thrill.

(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 16:40, 4 replies)
I dont get it
My mum always tells me saying 'WHAT?' is common and saying 'PARDON?' is posh.

But theres quite a few responses now which contradict her..
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 16:38, 10 replies)

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