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

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  1. Kebmel

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    Oh and American peeps missing out ‘of’ and the’ in sentences, for example:

    a couple of days. becomes a couple days

    and ‘out the back’ becomes ‘out back’
     
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  2. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    That's a (hope I can say it) bastardization of "rout," which in turn refers to cows bellowing. Probably "hoot" steered "rout" into "root."

    Still not as good as the Brit's (and Aussies'?) "gadzooks!" from "God's hooks," referring to the crucifixion. Or "off your rocker."

    Do you Brits/Aussies/Commonwealth types have "off my feed," as in "Sorry I'm cranky--I'm just off my feed today"?
     
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    Many of us Brits/Aussies/Commonwealth types wonder why 'Murica doesn't provide subtitles for it's tv shows and movies, because a lot of the time we just don't understand the references, etc.

    e.g. I had to google Kobe Bryant the other day to find out exactly who he was. I'd heard the name before somewhere, but that was it.

    And I have never heard anyone use 'gadzooks' in conversation, ever. It's not the Elizabethan era... :)
     
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    Spend a little time in Appalachia ...

     
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  5. RoscoeElegante

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    Watch out there, mate! I heard a mere ('Murican) frosh say it just today.

    Granted, his mate replied, "Uhh, like, whuut?" But he said it! As did, routinely, my middle school shop class teacher.

    Also, does "Beavis & Butthead" make any sense over there? It's cinema verite here.
     
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    If you slipped 'gadzooks' into a conversation in the UK (or any of the 'Commonwealth countries') you get at least a "Uhh, like, whuut?" response. Probably with a few f&*%'s thrown in for good measure. We do quite a bit of that. :cool:

    Yep, B&B did make it across the Atlantic, we quite liked it. It was up there with those other great 'Murican documentary series that inform us of everyday life in the USA, e.g. 'The Simpsons', 'Family Guy' 'Breaking Bad 'and 'American Dad'. But we still have to google some of the references ('cornholio'?) :rolleyes:
     
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    Don't forget "King of the Hill" and "Malcolm in the Middle."





     
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    Indeed!

    And 'in back' - WTF does that even mean? Just because 'in front' makes sense in certain contexts doesn't mean you can apply it as some kind of rule, this is English FFS.

    I think it must be International Sweary Acronym day today... ;)
     
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    And please don't assume that we understand your quaint temperature measurements either. :twisted:

    "it's a hundred degrees in here" = "we're all dead" in the rest of the world.

    Next time you watch a movie, remember the rest of us out here doing T(°C) = (T(°F) - 32) / 1.8 in our heads trying to work out what the temperature actually is...
     
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    Yep, I don't really fancy having a quick shower when I'm actually just gagging for a slash*. Unless I'm really that desperate...in which I promise to run the water at the same time.

    * in need of an urgent p***
     
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    With respect to my mother-in-law, your phrase would be a bit too far north.
     
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    I can’t stand y’all, one that really annoys me is “yous” as in “how are yous guys”
     
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    New England insults, e.g:
    Eat a bag o' dicks
    That just cracks me up
     
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    I’m American but I learned that something I hear all the time is from local Baltimore vernacular and it surprised me because I thought everyone would say this or know what it means
    When the dishwasher or appliances die people say it went up as in
    “That dang dishwasher went up” apparently it’s short for “went up to heaven”
    It’s crazy the things we say all the time that turn out to be local terms
     
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    I don’t think anyone has used either of those terms since about 1980 ;)
     
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    You will never forgiven for this - in a line of outstandingly poor attempts at British accents, this is still the stand-out :

     
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    "I'm going to deploy the USS Brownfish". (use the toilet)

    I picked that one up watching Ray Donovan. :lol:
     
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    Irregardless, I could care less. Let's see if we can't do that.
     
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    I always thought Americans pronounced, route, as r-out (as in out-side).

    Whereas UK/Aussie pronounce it root.

    So is it root 66 or r-out 66?

    Do Americans take the scenic r-out or the scenic root?

    Is your modem also a r-outer or a rooter?
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    There's not a Brit that doesn't snigger when we hear that someone fell on their fanny. Here in the UK that means something entirely different. Close, but not the same.
     
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