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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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Jumpers over the shoulders
This absolutely makes my blood boil - I f**king hate it above everything else.


If its cold, wear it, if its hot leave it at home you miserable f**kers. THERE IS NO INBETWEEN!

*I feel better now*
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 17:46, 29 replies)
where do you stand
on jumpers tied round the waist?

if you are against those too with the same argument as above, then you are a tool.

what if it is hot but will be getting colder later?

or it is sunny yet there are some large clouds which cause it to feel chill?


what do you do then if you've left your jumper at home?
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 17:50, closed)
Where Do I Stand???
Why the feck do you think a jumper has 4 holes in it?!

One to climb in, one for the head and two for the arms. YOU WEAR IT, YOU DON'T SHOW IT OFF AS AN ACCESSORY.

If it gets colder later on you won't die of hyperthermia.

If its a hot day, then its a bonus and you don't need a jumper.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 18:00, closed)
fucking worn on fucking top of the fucking head on fucking cloudy fucking days.

And ... breathe ...
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 9:37, closed)
sorry how is this common?

Surely this falls under the prospective qotw

"irrational pissy fits"
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 17:51, closed)
You're right, I should have posted in pet peeves QOTW
..but it is common, lots of people do it.

*do you see what I did there?*
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 18:12, closed)
What about Carlton off the Fresh Prince of Bel Air?

(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 17:58, closed)
Don't get me started on Carlton.....
..Its wrong on so many levels

Am I the only one here that thinks jumpers hanging off the shoulders is common?

*slumps off to sit in the corner*
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 18:02, closed)
Carlton used to do it all the time and he isn't common :)
(Does this annoy you as much a I think it does?)
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 18:11, closed)
He's acting of course.
Maybe he's common off camera?

*rejoins the debate*
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 18:16, closed)
Maybe he doesn't wear his jumper over his shoulders off camera.. ;)

(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 18:20, closed)
'Fraid so.
Over here it used to be the mark of a preppy. Me, I find it uncomfortable- if I am too warm to wear my sweater I carry the damn thing.

(And by the way, THIS is a jumper. THIS is a sweater. A jumper is a dress worn by a woman who doesn't like sex. A sweater is what anyone wears on a cold day.)
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 18:36, closed)
Don't you try and
confuse us with your heathen merkin language.

A jumper is what your gran knits you for christmas. And that's the end of it.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 18:40, closed)
I'd look it up in the OED
but the bastards charge you for it.

According to dictionary.com:

1. a one-piece, sleeveless dress, or a skirt with straps and a complete or partial bodice, usually worn over a blouse by women and children.
2. a loose outer jacket worn esp. by workers and sailors.
3. British. a pullover sweater.

Note that it's only a sweater in Britain. Everywhere else it's the I-hate-sex dress.

You invented the fucking language- why can't you use it?!?

...aaaand, breathe...

EDIT: Seriously, it's like some twisted national pastime over there to come up with weird slang and corruptions of the language. How the hell do you understand each other?
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 19:12, closed)
We only
do it to upset American tourists.

Most of the time we speak just like you.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 20:02, closed)
It's funny
because you really don't. It's taken me years to get a good handle on British English. I've literally had to learn a second language on this site. Ever wonder why I always joke that "Google is your friend"? If it weren't for Google I would have had one hell of a time trying to understand what goes on in here. It's not just the cultural references to British celebrities who haven't become famous over here, but the strange terminology for things.

When I was getting ready to come over there this fall, BGB told me I should pack a jumper and I was thoroughly confused. Trainers are usually people who work at a health club to help you with the weight machines and to keep you on a schedule of exercises. Pants are outer clothing that you wear over your underwear.

And I won't even bother with terms like voddies or telly or brelly or brekker or Crimbo. Frankly, I'm always astonished that any man would use these terms- over here it would be taken as a sign of being more camp than a row of pink tents.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 20:16, closed)
That's rich considering you've taken what was English, and had it boiled down to a simpler version by Webster's dictionary, while evolving your own terms and pronunciation. Horses for courses really, but I do suspect that if you'd stayed under Colonial rule there would be less difference between the languages as they stand now.

Now, American Football...a game where kicking isn't the main concept, unlike Football (or Soccer over the pond) which has a name actually telling you what it's about (granted, pretty much none of our other sports do that, but that's beside the point).

Pants = underpants = underwear. I never quite understand how a shortened version of the word has morphed into a completely different meaning.

I can't even give credit for the invention of the pretzels I'm munching now as they're German, but I can give credit for making them popular. Om nom nom.

Now stop fannying around, get a pint and rellllaaaaxxxxx.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 20:36, closed)
Wish I could get a pint, but I still work for another hour.
I don't even pretend to like football, for what that's worth.

Had George not been treating us like serfs we probably wouldn't have broken away from you lot. Blame him for it, the greedy swine.

Things like Cockney rhyming slang give me the squitters. I finally had to ask why Americans are called septics. Should've known. It's the British weakness for obfuscation for its own sake.

I prefer the KISS principle in all things- especially language!
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 21:16, closed)
In all fairness, septics isn't used in normal speech unless you're talking to military (or ex) types, it's a very common term in the forces only.
I didn't put two and two together myself until fairly recently.

If you don't like rhyming slang I can tell you probably wouldn't get along with certain regional dialects, like Welsh or Yorkshirian :P
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 21:30, closed)
It's not a dislike
of the rhyming slang itself so much as not being used to it and having a lot of trouble decyphering it. As an engineer I have to puzzle out a lot of things as it stands- having to puzzle out slang is just another layer on the manure pile.

I've only met one Welsh so far, and she's lovely.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 21:36, closed)
but she's not really very welsh at all, until she's had a couple.

The septics thing is generally only used by antipodeans rather than brits.

And I love the KISS principle too. I always choose to rock and roll all night and party every day.

Also, there are quite a few american terms that come up in TV programmes that don't make sense to us either, but I guess we see more of your telly than you see of ours so we get a lot more cultural references than you do.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 21:55, closed)
Like what? I thought that most American slang was pretty well known and self-explanatory...
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 13:57, closed)
weird slang? We didn't try and pretend that winningest is a word, or that "medal" is a verb.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 20:23, closed)
It isn't common...
....it's European.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 18:49, closed)
Mmmm, guess
where I'm wearing my pully RIGHT NOW.

You're so sexy when you're angry.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 19:42, closed)
That's odd.
You wear a little wheel with a rope over it?
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 20:00, closed)
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 21:49, closed)
And don't call me Shirley.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 21:57, closed)
It's a continental thing
you wouldn't understand it because you are common and spend all summer hanging outside greggs in the rain.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 23:18, closed)
and we're not on the continent
so there!
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 8:07, closed)

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