British/American Idioms, Phrases and Slang

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  1. jmc2000

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    The story I heard was that it derived from "gardyloo" - a corruption of the French regardez l'eau ("look out for the water!") - which people called when emptying chamber pots into the street. But neat stories like that often turn out to be folk etymologies, and it looks like the medieval "gardyloo" actually vanished some centuries before "loo" became a word for toilet.

    The most plausible suggestion I can find is that it may have derived from "Waterloo", which was a popular make of toilet when "loo" became common.
     
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    Innit = Isn't it, innit.
     
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    I quite like reading this blog, which tracks British English phrases that creep into US usage. 90% of them are things that wouldn't have struck me as particularly "British", so I suppose that's why the outsider perspective is interesting.
     
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    In answer to the OP, "in the doghouse" is understood here and I use it a lot myself.

    An American phrase that baffled me for years was "jay walking", because there's no such crime in the UK. For some reason, I incorrectly guessed it meant kerb-crawling on foot (i.e., loitering in a red light district to pick up a prostitute). So I found it jarring when sitcom characters were blasé about it, lol.
     
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    A "Scouse" is a person from Liverpool - Craig Charles comes from there.
     
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    Talking of Britishisms... I'm watching The Goldbergs, and Erica just asked Barry why he looked like "a bigger knob than usual." That surprised me, because I thought knob/nob was peculiar to British slang in that context.
     
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    Jay walking just means crossing the street outside of the crosswalk. Yes, you CAN technically get a ticket for it just about everywhere but in reality its extremely seldom enforced. I THINK its supposed to be because of the very heavy traffic in most of our urban centers supposedly. In REALITY it just gives the police a legal excuse to stop you , ask for I.D. and frisk you.

    Can't help you about the "Knob" reference as I've never heard it used here outside of a very crude sexual way. We do say "dumb as a doorknob" a lot so maybe that's where it came from on the show.
     
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    Yeah, that's actually where I first heard it, from him in a interview. So.......... people from Liverpool are different from the rest of you in what way? Does every city have a designation like that for it's citizens?
     
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    I think being called a "kn*b" is like being called a "d*ckhead". (Sorry, hope I'm not being too rude).
     
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    Really?? Oh my!!
     
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    Scouse is a regional Liverpool culinary dish, cooked potato slices and some kinda beef stew i think. Like a lot of nicknames. Scousers are named after an area dish.

    I.e

    English called roast beefs
    Germans called krauts after sauerkraut
    French called frogs after frogs legs
    Mexicans called beaners etc

    I had Scouse all the time when i was in prison in Liverpool
     
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    Now that actually sounds good, as opposed to a lot (NO OFFENSE YOU ALL) of the foods you all mention.
     
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    It is good. All the dishes mentioned I love basically
     
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    Excepting Frogs Legs I like them all myself. I eat very little fish or seafood in general. Had shellfish poisoning once and that was more than enough for me. If it don't breathe Oxygen and Nitrogen I don't want it. Amphibians either and I include turtles in that and alligator too but I've tried both back in my pre-shellfish poisoned days.
     
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    Absolutely - the surprise was seeing it in an American rather than British show. I didn't know Americans called each other knobs!
     
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    As I mentioned, I've never heard it spoken like that personally. Maybe a British writer on the show? But as for "us" the general population we just go for the d*ckhead, its much more eloquent! :lol:
     
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    When I was at school, a girl called me a d*ckhead... I have one, but certainly not the other...! :lol:
     
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    Sorry..! :redface:
     
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    I never knew you didn't have a head kitty
     

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