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

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  1. aging_rocker

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    What's with the silent L in solder? Even written on here I can hear some of you guys doing that...
     
  2. BigDaddyLH

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    Common story: https://www.etymonline.com/word/solder

    solder (v.)
    mid-14c., sawd "mend by soldering," from solder (n.). Modern form is a re-Latinization from early 15c. Related: Soldered; soldering.


    solder (n.)

    early 14c., soudur, from Old French soldure, soudeure, from souder, originally solder, "to consolidate, close, fasten together, join with solder" (13c.), from Latin solidare "to make solid," from solidus "solid" (see solid (adj.)).

    Modern form in English is a re-Latinization from early 15c. The loss of Latin -l- in that position on the way to Old French is regular, as poudre from pulverem, cou from collum, chaud from calidus. The -l- typically is sounded in British English but not in American, according to OED, but Fowler wrote that solder without the "l" was "The only pronunciation I have ever heard, except from the half-educated to whom spelling is a final court of appeal ..." and was baffled by the OED's statement that it was American. Related: Soldered; soldering. The noun is first attested late 14c.​

    So:
    1. Latin root had the L and was pronounced.
    2. Entered French and gradually lost the L sound.
    3. French word entered English without L, written or spoken.
    4. Re-Latinization (the effort to make English more Latin) added the L to the spelling, but not the pronunciation.
    5. Over time, some people saw the L and started pronouncing it.
     
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  3. aging_rocker

    aging_rocker Tele-Afflicted

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    Is that 'Fowler' with a silent L?
    Sold that for a game of soldiers...:cool:
     
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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I had a friend who used to say something on a grand scale was, “Big as all outdoors.” I always got a kick out of that. Another is “Dumb as a bag of hammers.” “And Ugly as the day is long.” My favorite comes from Foghorn Leghorn: “That boy’s about as sharp as a bag full of dead mice.”
     
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    most of mine are so inappropriate ...
    regional names for soft drinks like pop, soda (or sodees, plural), coke (where everything is coke regardless of brand or flavor) ... all amusing
    regional names for the room where the toilet is are also all amusing
     
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    It may be bad English, but I could care less. :D

    Or as they say in Maine, "I could give a s**t less." That one I don't understand at all. :confused:
     
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    kuvash Friend of Leo's

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    And we called it hooky bobbin' up in Wa. state
     
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    I grew up mainly in Watertown, NY and we did that too! But we called it "hopping cars."
     
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    I HATE 'have a nice day now'. Aaaaarrrgghh!!!

    I'm usually having a s**t day, but...if I ever 'have a nice day', I'll tell you all about it.

    PS I've had a pretty s**t day & the UK left the EU 15 mins ago.
    We're all doomed. Sorry, politics. Make my day. Ban me.
     
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    I have a habit of using old phrases for example...

    "Scattered from Hell to Breakfast"

    I have made up a few of my own. :)

    "Holy Hannah Montana" I use that instead of holy s***.

    "Lollipops and Lap dances" Not everything in life is gonna be lollipops and lap dances son. :)

    "You wanna get in my burrito?" It involves a bed and the opposite sex. :D

    "Let's make like angels and get the hell out of here."

    I have tons of them I have made up and I use a lot of common ones others use as well. My wife, who grew up where I did, doesn't understand me half the time. :D

    I say root and rowte for the word route.

    I say crick and creek.

    It is hookey-bobbin here in Idaho and behind Zion's Curtain.

    Moo-Juice=Milk
    Cackle Berries=Eggs

    If I was flirting with getting in trouble from my dad, he would say "don't make me cloud up and rain on you" or "if you don't behave, I'll kick a turd out of you long as a sleigh track."
     
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    My kids told me these two -- don't know how widespread they are.

    1. Budging = cutting in line
    2. Monkey budging = cutting in line specifically to move backwards, like if you are in line to get a jab.
     
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    DA KINE! AN BRAH.....BRAH!:D
     
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    The stink-eye
    The kibosh
    The hoosgow
    The clink
    Bought the farm
    For the birds
    Small potatoes
    Going Dutch
    To deep-six something
    Put up your dukes
    To be thrown a curveball
    Pass the buck
    Woopensopper
    Buffle-headed
    Ride shotgun
    Hit the spot
    Rubber-chicken circuit

    Any of these in Commonwealth parlance?

    (And yes, many of these are fading fast from the American scene as we slouch toward "cool," "sucks," "F-word," "like," "bro/bra," "yo," and many variations on "dude" as the extent of our vocab.)
     
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    Jawn...everything in Philly is a jawn
     
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    You can find that out by checking on wiktionary, for example: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/deke ... I see deke is only used in Canada.
     
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    I like throw the baby with the water or something like that. We can’t express the same idea so easily in our language. But that’s probably not an American saying.
     
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    We have a Taiwanese exchange high school student living with us. Usually, when we show her some Chinese writing, like what was on some chopsticks, and ask her what it means in English, she says, "there is no way to express that in English" o_O
     
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    Yeah, we have something similar in Dutch.
     
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    Dumb as a post
    Lollygaggin'
    Tail-draggin'
    Skinny dipping
    Happy as a funeral
     
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    Blame Scorcese.
     
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