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Need help with my British lingo…

  1. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 12, 2023

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    1 On the piss = working one’s way to being drunk.
    2 On the piss = a wall or similar that should be erect but leans (also see 1 above!)
     
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  2. Turpinr Mar 12, 2023

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    :thumbsup: I used to use the on the piss phrase in engineering when something wasn't level.
     
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  3. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Mar 12, 2023

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    Yes, and racetrackers will exclaim that a horse "pissed in".
     
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  4. Turpinr Mar 12, 2023

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    "Ow art" is another Northern phrase, meaning "how are you"
     
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  5. Engee Mar 12, 2023

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    Correct but it’s a parody word to denote a cockney. Rarely used otherwise.
     
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  6. Engee Mar 12, 2023

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    I didn’t mean copied, more invented. In particular rhymes based on names of celebrities - never true cockney slang. This so-called directory has hundreds of them. https://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/slang/A
     
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  7. M'Bob Mar 12, 2023

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    Another one I wonder about: when we want to know how some situation went…

    US: “How’d it go?”

    UK: “Any joy with that?” Or did that also die in the ‘80’s?
     
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  8. TimeODanaos Mar 12, 2023

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    :eek: Any relation to Randolph T? (def Sugar Ray Robinson in the 1950s IIRC)
     
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  9. DrmexicoII Mar 12, 2023

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    I still say that... Fairly common down my way
     
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  10. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 12, 2023

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    One of my favourites still.

    Also “are you happy with that?” Usually used by my wife when I have done something that she feels it is plain I should not be happy!
     
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  11. M'Bob Mar 12, 2023

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    The ubiquitous “cheers”: I see it as a toast, but also to say thanks?
     
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  12. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 12, 2023

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    Or goodbye.
     
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  13. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    Both would be absolutely correct.
     
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  14. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 12, 2023

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    Short for Cheerio. Or you could sayTata if you felt like.

    Can’t see why people say English is tricky language to learn. :whistling:
     
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  15. M'Bob Mar 12, 2023

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    Sod

    Tosser

    Wanker

    All still commonly used? One worse than the other? Used at different times?
     
  16. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    All still used

    Sod - more likely from older generation. "Little sod" not a particularly strong rebuke

    Tosser - similar to wanker (from tossing off = wanking). Seriousness depends on how you are using it and whether they are familiar to you. With a smile and a laugh in your voice it can almost be a back handed compliment. Shouted aggressively it means more.

    Wanker. - same as tosser really. Marginally worse I guess depending on how it's used.
     
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  17. M'Bob Mar 12, 2023

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    “Sod off” is something I’ve definitely heard too.
     
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  18. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 12, 2023

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    Thinking around this thread just reminded me of a friend, who receiving the rough end of some pub banter some years back would reply “See you next Tuesday”. Took me a few times of being on the receiving end before I got the message.

    See…. C
    You…..U
    :)
     
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  19. Gav1967 Tend not to fret too much Mar 12, 2023

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    In terms of useage

    All will tend to be used in the pub or casual social situations. I.e. not in polite company or at your grandma's over Sunday lunch!

    Sod - more likely to be used by an older person to a young person/kid

    Sod off - go away.

    Tosser - between friends it can be funny. "You're such a tosser" " don't be a tosser"

    To someone aggressively "fuck off you tosser". And then be prepared to deal with the consequences

    Wanker - as above
     
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  20. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 12, 2023

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    That’ll be me then, a real favourite.
    Sod off. Go away.
    Sodding thing. A screw that goes in squint.
    Sodding around. Not concentrating.
    Stupid sod. Everybody in the world except me.
     
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