As Oscar Wilde said and paraphrased by Mallory Brown "England and America are two countries separated by the same language". I've had a few instances where I just don't get some of your phrases/words/references . Most I can figure out due to the context but others just leave me scratching my head. 1. Hoovering - I assume this means vacuuming. Hoover is a brand of vacuum cleaner but far from the only one. Does this in fact mean vacuuming or a certain kind of clean up or something else entirely? 2. Git - from all the context I've figured out that this is an insult. But why and where did it originate? 3. Twat - No clue what you all mean when you say it. HERE its a semi or totally vulgar reference to female genitalia. A slightly less odious C***. 4. Smeg - I know its bad but is it just a red Dwarf thing or is it more generally used term over there? Is it in fact derived from "Smegma"? Those are a few just off the top of my head I've wondered about. are there any American phrases/idioms you don't get? For instance, my "location" at the moment is "In the Doghouse". That's a very common way of saying "I've screwed up, I'm embarrassed about it so I'm lying low for awhile" Did that meaning come through to you all?