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

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  1. Si G X

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    lol, that drives me nuts, I don't even understand it.
     
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    We called it hookey-bobbing in Washington State in the 50s-60s.
     
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    The difference between UK 'fanny' and US 'fanny' has definitely resulted in some unintentionally hilarious conversations.
     
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    It's even funnier because fanny is what you called it when you were 8 years old, no adult calls it that. :D
     
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    If you tried bonking a bus here, you'd get locked up, followed by several years in psychiatric care...

    It has a very different meaning. :D
     
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    I've always been partial to the word "hella". It can be used in place of the word "very".

    "Dude, went to your show last night; you sounded hella good!"

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    "Did you see McGlamrock's car last night? That thing is hella old and rusty!"
     
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    we called it bumper riding , my wife mananaged a fleet of downtown bike courriers and they would grab the back of busses to pull them around the downtown core in Vancouver or up any hills , these guys were crazy.
     
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    My favorite two American slang words that are acceptable for this thread are spendy (Midwest for expensive) and wicked (North Eastern for amazing or extremely).

    The new Fender Broadcasters are spendy. The Baja Teles are wicked good.
     
  9. Si G X

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    I've always liked "take out the trash" too.

    My other half says "can you empty the bin" which just doesn't sound as fun as taking out the trash.
     
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    I use these two, and usually back to back, but only when I want to drive my 16 yr. old son a bit crazy. :D

    Also, spring chicken, meaning young person is quite a funny one.
     
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    I can understand your discomfort. In the South USA where I live it appears to be a regional/class/cultural thing. I can go weeks without hearing that sort of language, which is considered improper for polite society. I think the use of the language in movies is a cheap dramatic technique to convey the extremity of a perceived threat or an emotional response.

    I do know that use of that language is a learned thing - if you grow up without it, it just isn't in your wheelhouse, it isn't in your vocabulary, and you don't use it. As a former fireman I've been in lots of threatening situations and have only used an expletive out loud once - when I was about to fall off a cliff, knew it, and couldn't stop it. Every other time my vocabulary has been clean. Of course, I was raised without that language. Funny, huh?

    Bob
     
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    "couple two-three," and "let me show you this one time real quick." My GF is from Wisconsin, and I'm constantly entertained.
     
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    I like ..... All hat and no horse.
     
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    My Canadian father-in-law used "purt near" a lot. I thought it was just him until I heard his buddies--they'd be 100 years old now if they were still on this side of the sod--using it often as well.

    "He's purt near tuckered out, isn't he?"

    "That Mulroney--he's purt near discredited, isn't he?"

    And they described American beer, before craft brewing had taken root here, as "Love in a canoe." (I'll let you self-explain that.)

    A British colleague of mine thinks all our euphemisms for the deity/the g.d. cuss phrase are funny: "Dad-blame," "dad-gummit," "Jimminy Cricket," "doggone," etc.

    Me, I like "water closet" and "Give us a bell, love."
     
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    What's funny about this is most is regional. While there is some universal American slang, the best is confined to certain areas and is unrecognized in others.
     
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    In Hawaii it's You know Brah, and the kine
     
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    I love the Aussie's greeting- How ya goin'?
     
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    piddle about? What does this mean?

    Down here piddle means to urinate
     
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    Rooting for your team....

    where does that term come from?... one saying that usually causes a schoolboy giggle when aussies hear it....;)
     
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