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  1. DrmexicoII Mar 12, 2023

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    Got it! I was thinking Brahms lullaby and getting very confused!
     
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  2. DrmexicoII Mar 12, 2023

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    I was thinking more like a total c**t? Or is that too far?
     
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  3. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 12, 2023

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    Complete.
     
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  4. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    "Bobs your uncle" = "and there it is" or maybe "and ther you have it". Eg when giving directions. "Turn left, drive 100 yards then turn tight and Bobs your uncle (you are there!).
    "Heads down, arses up" = description of someone working hard. (Originally for someone scrubbing the floor on hands an knees I guess but now used to mean generally working hard)
     
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  5. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 12, 2023

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    @M’Bob If it helps with your research. One of my friends’ standard greeting to all is “Right Wanker?”.
    Another enters, looks round and states “Lads” regardless of sexes of the company.
    Mostly though it would be “orright”.
     
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  6. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    Occasionally people might embellish the first and say "Bob's your uncle and Fanny's your aunt" - still means the same thing.
     
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  7. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    I agree with those who have said that cockney rhyming slang is now largely defunct but there are a few that have transferred into more regular use. Ones below spring to mind

    Bread (and honey) - money
    Barnet (fair) - hair
    Butchers (hook) - look
    Hank Marvin - Starving
    Ruby (Murray) - curry
    Brass Tacks - facts
    Cream crackered- knackered
    Porkies (pork pies) - lies
    Half inch - pinch (steal)
     
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  8. Davidt Mar 12, 2023

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    That’s true, my 3 year old knows what porkies are.
     
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  9. Davidt Mar 12, 2023

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    Back to the broader UK, in the north of someone calls you “pal” it’s often associated with slight aggression/irritation. On the other hand, “now then Cock”, is generally a term of endearment.
     
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  10. cristos71 Mar 12, 2023

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    Really, the definitive book regarding British swearing and slang. Highly recommended educational reading.

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  11. Pastorbottle Mar 12, 2023

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    Here in Oz swearing is pretty well used as punctuation, but it all depends on context and delivery as to wether it’s intent is offensive or insulting.
    And a swear word can have multiple meanings…… piss and it’s variants for example, here it has more meaning’s than those directly referring to urine it also refers to alcoholic beverages…… so if someone says they like to drink piss, it doesn’t necessarily mean the enjoy golden showers. It’s origins are probably British as like us they also refer to a drunk person as being pissed.
    Whereas in the US a pissed person is angry, here if you’re pissed you’re probably happy about it. But here if someone is pissed off, then they are very angry.
    A philosophical point here: It is better to be pissed off than pissed on…unless, of course you’re a fan of the aforementioned golden showers!

    The word root and it variations can have more that botanical connotations, it can also mean sexual intercourse…. If someone asks: Do ya wanna root? They’re not offering you a carrot!
    Here we don’t root for a team…we barrack for them.

    Here, rhyming slang is still in common usage eg. the rubbity (dub) = pub. Hitting the frog (and toad) = road etc.

    The one expression that Aussies use that confuses foreigners the most is when we answer a question with: yeah…nah.
    It means: yes I understand what you’re asking, but the answer is no.
     
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  12. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    Similar in the UK you can;-
    Take a piss - go to toilet
    take the piss - make fun of
    Pissed- drunk
    Pissed off - annoyed
    Pissy - irritable
    Full of piss and wind - full of bluster
    Pissing in the dark - guesswork or maybe unable to find or remember something
    Pissing in the wind - hopeless
    Pissing it down - raining hard
    Pissing around - wasting time
    Piss away - waste something
     
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  13. DrmexicoII Mar 12, 2023

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    And pissing in the wind - like pissing in the dark but with more risk to self
     
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  14. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 12, 2023

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  15. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    Great minds- I was just editing mine when you commented
     
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  16. Turpinr Mar 12, 2023

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    After my first amateur fight in March 1978 my trainer said "you've pissed it" ie "you won easily"
    I didn't get the decision though ::censored::
     
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  17. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    Yeah missed the obvious one
     
  18. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    Another one I missed
     
  19. Turpinr Mar 12, 2023

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    Ey oop cock :thumbsup:
     
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  20. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    What a pisser !:(
     
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