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

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  1. Ivorytooth

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    When I say something the wife doesn't find amusing or gets her hackles up, I get the goat stare. :D

    There is two more for you. :)
     
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    It's funny because I was just wondering if it had anything to do with the French. I've always presumed that's the reason Americans call herbs 'erbs' too, because that's how French chefs say it... "pass me the erbs" :)
     
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    I have no idea where it originated but we say that in England.

    "Throwing the baby out with the bath water" .. it is hard to explain it without using the expression itself.
     
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    In this part of Idaho, catching a bumper is hooky-bobbin.
    A seriously messed up situation is a "goat f**k".
    Wanna be cowboys are "goat ropers".
    It's "crick" not "creek".
    A heard of cattle is a "field of money".
    The odor of a feed lot is the "smell of money".
    A cow or steer is a "California Elk".
     
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    I once read somewhere that it probably originated in Germany of centuries past. It was common practice in families, that were often large, to prepare one bathtub for everybody. The father would bathe first, then the mother, the children from eldest to youngest, then the baby(ies) at last, at which point the water would be quite funky.
     
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    "Newfoundland" English (Canada) is interesting, great people too,
     
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    I didn't read all the pages so this may have been mentioned. When I lived in NZ they thought it was hilarious when American women say something like "Oh, I can't eat any more ... my fanny is getting fat". And that we named boys "Randy" and said that someone was "Spunky" or "Full of Spunk"

    I had a friend from England visit my office in America and he asked one of the gals to go fetch him a "rubber" and she got really upset.

    My first day in NZ someone was telling me about her "Sweet Ass"/"Cute Ass" grandkids until I finally figured she was saying "Sweet As" ... sweet as, cute as, good as etc.
     
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    Used to live up in the Idaho panhandle guy I worked with while speaking about another person told me to "watch him like hog"
     
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    Sixty-one years in Canada and I've never heard that expression before either.....sluice your gob....had to Google it.
     
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    I'm sure that was "watch him like a hawk". A very common expression.
     
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    lol, that's just triggered a very old memory of being really quite young and buying an american comic with the expression 'he's so full of spunk' on one of the pages. I remember being so shocked that such a phrase would be in a kids comic, lol. It's wasn't like we had google back then so for years it kind of haunted me. :D
     
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    I pronounce it like root, too, but a lot of Americans pronounce it like rout.
     
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    “That gal’s in no danger of drownin’...” (Due to the nature of this saying, I’ll let you figure it out on your own).

    “That boy’s ‘bout as sharp as a bowling ball.”

    “She’s so cross-eyed, when she cries, tears roll down her back...”

    We built a small shelter for our outdoor cats, and my neighbor guffawed every time I called it “the cat house.” I was four years old and couldn’t see why it was anything different than calling a similar pet shelter a “dog house.”

    “He was screaming at Ralph about a Buick in Europe.” Means somebody’s puking (Ralph, Buick, Europe all are onomatopoeia for the sounds of vomiting).

    “Suicide Blond”...a girl with a home hair color...she “dyed by her own hand.”

    “Two kings and a queen short of a full deck”=very dumb.
     
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    If it's good enough for Blazes Boylan . . . .
     
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    "Break a leg!" (In my mind - why? Horrified!)

    "See you later!" (Should I wait?)
     
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    It certainly was from my experience however Dan used this many times over the course of our employment and that was exactly how he said it...
     
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    His/her elevator doesn’t go to the top.

    A few bricks short of a full load.

    Not playing with a full deck.

    Dumb as a sack of hammers. (Or smart as)


    Lights are on but no one’s home.
     
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    More from around here.

    Uglier than 20 miles of dirt road.

    So ugly she's covered in red marks where people have touched her with a ten foot pole.
     
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    A few fries short of a Happy Meal.
     
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    Never heard any of the others you mentioned ... but thanks for sharing this one. I never had any idea that's where suicide blonde came from ... that's a goodun!
     
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