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Non-Americans: What American slang do you find funniest/weirdest/most charming?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by RoscoeElegante, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. Fretting out

    Fretting out Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think kebmel is half right?

    I think out back and out “the”back are two separate things as if I was leaving a place I would go “out the back” now if I was telling you about the bbq in my back yard I would say it’s “out back”(especially if we are already outside of a structure there is no longer a “the”) two very separate things

    I also liked his use of “peeps” in a post about annoying English
     
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    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    o_Ohey, hey, hey, there are no Americans!:mad:
    the center of the north american continent often referred to as America, is inhabited by regional groups, not tribes but people from different regions with cultural similarities.
    "Americans from N.Y.N.Y. have a culture as different from San Francisco as Minneapolis
    is from rural North Carolina. Americans are the politicians , talking heads on T.V. advertising agencies, KFC, McDonalds, Cadillac and Trojan condoms. Calling me an American is to imply that I take "Plan B" as it it was one of my daily vitamins:p
     
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    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Ahh, but some anachronisms are habitual or conventional. Ala the Appalachianisms of "brickle" (brittle), "discomfit" (inconvenience), "nary," etc. The Midwest has a few, too: "isch" (gross or eww), "uffda" ("wow" or "oy"), and, hell, "tennis shoes."

    Plus, if you escaped Kentucky only to get stuck in Ottumwa, then you have to be 62 years behind the times!

    (No offense to Kentuck or Ioway--as I was born in New Jersey. ;))
     
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    Kebmel Tele-Afflicted

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    sodder :twisted: Don't youse guys mean Soul-der
     
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  5. Charlie Bernstein

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    I'll settle for out in back—even if out in is an oxymoron.
     
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    Is that like when things turn up missing:)
     
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    Since I came to the US in the 70’s I’ve lived in a few different places but the last 18 months in the Southeast has exposed me to some new expressions.

    Down here lots of people are “fixin’” to do stuff.
     
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    Dead as a door nail / Deader than a door nail = dead

    Example: this phone is dead as a door nail (the phone isn’t charged)

    My father uses it occasionally, more so when I was growing up. I hear it occasionally around Oklahoma
     
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    As a canuck one that always makes me smile is when they say "Canadian bacon".

    In Canada "bacon" means ...bacon. It's exactly the same thing that Americans call bacon. The thing Americans call "Canadian bacon" is not common here at all and would just be called ham by most people if they did encounter it.

    Internet legends vary on how the US came to call this un-canadian thing "canadian bacon", but hey, everythings better with bacon and we're happy you're enjoying it.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Ok, I will change it to: ‘he’s in back’

    which I must add is even weirder
     
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    As someone from Missouri relocated to Alabama bless your heart is always genuine but seldom positive. It sounds nice but is not nice.
     
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    We called it skitching in the Midwest.
     
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    'Zackly! Now then . . . .
     
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    You mean like someone says “bless your heart” and they really mean “your an imbecile, and I hope there is mercy upon you”
     
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    What about back bacon? Is that a Canadian thing? I hope Doug and Bob didn’t lie to me
     
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    ok.... you americans are weird... but i love you folks... and i am 49 % american thesedays...

    but when you say you 'root' for a team... i find it a little strange... to 'root' has a very different meaning from where i come from...
     
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    Especially when the movie or show is great but your dad won't watch it because of the cussing.
     
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    My Aussie and Kiwi friends tell me "bonking" is what the honey-moon couple in the hotel room next door do all night long.

    The Southern U.S. version of this is as I have always heard it is: "that hound won't hunt."

    "Worshiping the porcelain God."

    This thread is a tribute to the infamous line about how we English speakers are "divided by a common language."
     
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    Multiple ways but you have the basic idea.
     
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