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

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  1. TeleTex82

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    "Isn't that something?"

    Technically, isn't everything something?
     
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    Do you live in the 1930's? Those are expressions my GRANDPARENTS used. ;)
    Off topic....there used to be a GREAT acoustic trio here in Ft Worth (probably 1970's) called The Bees Knees.
     
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    " well, bless your heart" is not always genuine. It often has a negative connotation.
     
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    In central Illinois, we called it "skitching."
     
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    they never curse in Dutch - even the construction workers I work with. If I ever curse out loud - which is quite normal for an American - they all say 'hey man, relax, cool out..."

    But they will use English curse words with no restraint. It is very strange.
     
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    "Taking the kids to the pool."
     
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    You guys say 'bathroom' if you need to p*** or whatever.
    In the UK, a bathroom is for showers or bathing. If we need to go we say: 'I'm going to/want to /have to/ use to the toilet.' Anything otherwise is passé Victorian!
     
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    I’m barely American (I’m from Texas).

    There’s a lot of weird little dialects and expressions all over the states that I find quaint/funny or odd.

    There’s dozens of Texanisms too.

    My favorite is “Wider than my sister-in-law’s waistline...”
     
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    May have to do with the fact that in NL foreign shows and movies are subtitled instead of dubbed. So there is a lot of exposure to slang.

    Edit: But the Dutch do curse in their own language: k*t this, k*nker that, etc.
     
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    one that i use if some is trying to slide one past me or hand me a line of BS is,

    "I didnt come down the Fraser River on a bicycle",
     
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    They use "Y'all" down here a lot. I caught myself using it a few times. Where I come from (Philly), we never used "Y'all". We use "Yas" or "Yaz":

    Hey, what y'all doing?

    Really should be

    Hey, what yas doing?

    Some others:

    Ching = money
    Spoda = Contraction for "supposed to"
    Tryna = Contraction for "trying to"
    Jawn = Another mostly Philly thing. Literally means anything: "Yo did you pick up that jawn last night?", "What's that jawn there?"

    There are many more.
     
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    Never heard that one, either.

    One just from Saskatchewan is "Bunnyhug" which means [MODS: BDLH, this is a family forum!]

    Naw, it's this...

    [​IMG]
     
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    I know they do, sometimes; but I am surprised at how rarely. And in a situation where any American would shout a few curses (hit your own finger with a hammer, for example) if I shout "f---ing hell!" they all get strangely nervous and say weird things like "kalm aan, man" or "doe niet so raar...".

    Very strange people, the Dutch. They will proudly wear a t-shirt with English curse words; they will use those same words in print on sales and publicity posters, or on cabaret-show titles. I guess if it's in English it isn't considered rude...
     
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    in Philly we called it "boothopping"
     
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    An English-speaking Punjabi guy that I knew in college thought the expression, "Spring in the air!" was amusing. If he heard it, he answered, “Why should I?” He thought he was hilarious.
     
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    In the old flat I used to live in we had a separate loo and bathroom, my American friend came over to stay and the first thing he asked was if he could use the bathroom, I thought he wanted to freshen up after traveling so far, so I said sure and directed him to the bathroom. :D He told me later he pissed in my sink because he was too embarrassed to say anything!! :D

    It's so polite, which is actually what I really love about Americans, especially when they say 'Yes, Sir' and 'Yes, Maam'

    I get "bustin for a slash, need your loo" from my mates, haha.
     
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    As a southern transplant from the midwest I took to saying y'all almost immediately. While y'all gently rolls off the tongue, all those northern variations on you guys/youse/yas/yaz/yinz sound like someone trying to spit broken glass out of their mouth.

    I still like scrapple though!
     
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    Fanny and fanny packs are endlessly amusing.

    If I hear ‘I could care less’, again, I promise I’ll kick their teeth in.
     
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    A very localized Long Island NY slang around East Rockaway is "Sure Dave" or just "Dave". You have to rub your chin while saying it. It means I think you're lying. Dave was a known teller of tall tales.
     
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