Guide to British slang

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Guide to British slang

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Thought this was interesting...
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Post by r.m.anderson »

I am sure the late Benny Hill*** could add a few more !

Missing a few in the lingerie section - but then at SC we aren't suppose to go there !

Thanks for the starter course !

*** Reminds me of the clip where Benny is in prison and planning an escape.
There is a bus that goes by the prison everyday and the plan is to use the
bus for the escape.
The bus is number #31 - - -
The escape gang caught the "Dirty-One" bus only to find out that it makes
a loop around the prison - escape in vain.

Oh how I miss his comedy - still some reruns in some TV markets VHS/DVD.
I often wonder if the USA version was cleaned up compared to the UK.
And if the "Close Caption" was more detailed ?
UK readers ? ? ?
"Kilt-On" -or- as the case may be "Skirt-On" !
Isn't wearing a kilt enough?
Well a skirt will do in a pinch!
Make mine short and don't you dare think of pinching there !
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Post by STEVIE »

Interesting indeed but I found the late Benny Hill about as funny as a "dose o' the skitters".
Red Dwarf on the other hand was a "richt gweed lach".
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Re: Guide to British slang

Post by skirtyscot »

Hmm. I give it 8 out of 10. Some of the words and phrases are standard English or merely abbreviations, and some of the translations are wrong. But overall quite a good effort, for a foreigner. 🤭
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Re: Guide to British slang

Post by pelmut »

Some of them depend on context and the list omits a lot of older words and phrases still used occasionally.  There is a vast lexicon of words for male and female genitalia, some of which have roots going back many centuries. The words based on 'twitchel' or 'twatchel' (an alley or gap through a hedgerow) and 'cwm' (Welsh for a valley) are still in present-day use.
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