History UsefulNotes / BritishEnglish

9th Feb '16 9:40:26 PM Prfnoff
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*** "Soccer" also seems to be permitted in video game titles, even British-developed ones such as ''Sensible Soccer'' and ''Actua Soccer''.
9th Feb '16 9:36:39 PM Prfnoff
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* '''''Chav''''': Classist insult to refer to stereotypes surrounding poor people. Depending on who you ask this can range from a thuggish individual to a member of a particular working class subculture to a general insult directed towards anyone who lives on a council estate (the equivalent to a US housing project). The closest American equivalent would be "trailer trash". See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav the other wiki for details]] - the only thing anyone can agree on is that calling someone a chav isn't intended as a compliment. A common backronym is "'''C'''ouncil '''H'''ouse '''A'''nd '''V'''iolent" Other types of LowerClassLout by region include;
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* '''''Chav''''': Classist insult to refer to stereotypes surrounding poor people. Depending on who you ask this can range from a thuggish individual to a member of a particular working class subculture to a general insult directed towards anyone who lives on a council estate (the equivalent to a US housing project).[q.v.]. The closest American equivalent would be "trailer trash". See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav the other wiki for details]] - the only thing anyone can agree on is that calling someone a chav isn't intended as a compliment. A common backronym is "'''C'''ouncil '''H'''ouse '''A'''nd '''V'''iolent" Other types of LowerClassLout by region include;

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* '''''Chav''''': Classist insult to refer to stereotypes surrounding poor people. Depending on who you ask this can range from a thuggish individual to a member of a particular working class subculture to a general insult directed towards anyone who lives on a council estate (the equivalent '''Council estate''': Equivalent to a US public housing project). project. The closest American equivalent would be "trailer trash". See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav the other wiki for details]] - the only thing anyone can agree on is that calling someone a chav isn't intended as a compliment. A common backronym is "'''C'''ouncil '''H'''ouse '''A'''nd '''V'''iolent" Other types of LowerClassLout by region include;more decrepit, crime-ridden examples are often called "sink" estates.
6th Feb '16 9:12:27 PM nombretomado
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** ''{{Frasier}}'s'' Daphne Moon fluctuates between using "biscuit" in the British sense and then in the American sense (to describe what her countrymen would call a "scone").
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** ''{{Frasier}}'s'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'s'' Daphne Moon fluctuates between using "biscuit" in the British sense and then in the American sense (to describe what her countrymen would call a "scone").
29th Jan '16 9:01:07 AM pittsburghmuggle
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* '''''Mad''''': In both the USA and Britain, it can mean either 'angry' or 'insane'. In America, it usually means 'angry', but Britain it's more often the latter (while using it to mean 'angry' is generally seen as an Americanism). Thus to be "mad about" something means to be crazy about it, also expressed as "mad for", especially in Manchester ("mad fer it!").
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* '''''Mad''''': In both the USA and Britain, it can mean either 'angry' or 'insane'. In America, it usually means 'angry', but Britain it's more often the latter (while using it to mean 'angry' is generally seen as an Americanism). Thus to be "mad about" something means to be crazy about it, also expressed as "mad for", especially in Manchester ("mad fer it!"). Americans understand the "crazy" aspect, but it usually means more obsessive "''Series/MadAboutYou''" than crazy.
25th Jan '16 6:58:37 AM Ulysses21
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** Another use is as a descriptor of a person, meaning they are an idiot. A good example would be "He's a bit of a mug" or "You absolute mug!" Possibly from the term "muggins" which has a similar definition, but tends to be used in self-deprecation, as in "And who had to clean up after them? Bloody muggins here, didn't I."
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** Another use is as a descriptor of a person, meaning they are an idiot. A good example would be "He's a bit of a mug" or "You absolute mug!" Possibly from the term "muggins" which has a similar definition, but tends to be tending more towards gullibility than general intelligence. Usually used in self-deprecation, self-deprecatingly, as in "And who had to clean up after them? Bloody muggins here, didn't I."
25th Jan '16 6:56:03 AM Ulysses21
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* '''''Mug''''': A very versatile word. Most commonly used for the drinking implement, as in the US, but also as a verb "to mug" meaning "to violently rob". However "to mug ''for/at the camera/audience''" is not to violently rob a camera/audience but to pull faces at one, from the noun "mug" meaning "face", as in "I don't want to see your stupid mug in here again!". From this we also get the term "mug-shot", the photo they take for your prison record. ** Another use is as a descriptor of a person, meaning they are an idiot. A good example would be "He's a bit of a mug" or "You absolute mug!" Possibly from the term "muggins" which has a similar definition, but tends to be used in self-deprecation, as in "And who had to clean up after them? Bloody muggins here, didn't I."
8th Jan '16 12:57:59 PM phoenix
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** As [[MemeticMutation Chris Stark]] and Creator/MilaKunis discuss, saying 'soccer' is sacrilege. It is not done. Football = AssociationFootball = TheBeautifulGame. Never mind that the term "soccer" originated at [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford]]...
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** As [[MemeticMutation Chris Stark]] and Creator/MilaKunis discuss, saying 'soccer' is sacrilege. It is not done. Football = AssociationFootball UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball = TheBeautifulGame.The Beautiful Game. Never mind that the term "soccer" originated at [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford]]...
19th Dec '15 11:55:44 AM MarkLungo
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** Unrelated to '''Mufty Day''' which is a regional name for a day when children (and teachers) need not wear school uniforms (or dress like a teacher). Some parts of the country simply use [[BoringButPractical "non-uniform day"]] or "civvies day". (This is from the older military term 'mufti', meaning 'civilian clothes', from the habit of off-duty [[KiplingsFinest colonial officers]] in the days of UsefulNotes/TheRaj of wearing clothes vaguely resembling the garb of ''muftis'', Muslim jurists.)
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** Unrelated to '''Mufty Day''' which is a regional name for a day when children (and teachers) need not wear school uniforms (or dress like a teacher). Some parts of the country simply use [[BoringButPractical "non-uniform day"]] or "civvies day". (This is from the older military term 'mufti', meaning 'civilian clothes', from the habit of off-duty [[KiplingsFinest [[UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest colonial officers]] in the days of UsefulNotes/TheRaj of wearing clothes vaguely resembling the garb of ''muftis'', Muslim jurists.)
14th Dec '15 3:36:12 PM Doug86
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* '''''Fuzzy-wuzzies''''': A generally '''out-of-use''' term for Africans ('''DO NOT SAY THIS: it is an incredibly offensive and racist slur'''). It is derived from the term used by British soldiers to describe Hadendoa tribesmen fought during the wars with the Sudanese Mahdi in the says of [[TheEmpire British involvement in the Sudan]], as they wore their hair [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NSRW_Africa_Hadendoa.png rather fuzzy]]. Since popularized by the RudyardKipling poem ''Fuzzy Wuzzy'' and Corporal Jones in ''DadsArmy'', who fondly reminisces of his days fighting them, and their distaste for [[BayonetYa bayonets.]]
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* '''''Fuzzy-wuzzies''''': A generally '''out-of-use''' term for Africans ('''DO NOT SAY THIS: it is an incredibly offensive and racist slur'''). It is derived from the term used by British soldiers to describe Hadendoa tribesmen fought during the wars with the Sudanese Mahdi in the says of [[TheEmpire British involvement in the Sudan]], as they wore their hair [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NSRW_Africa_Hadendoa.png rather fuzzy]]. Since popularized by the RudyardKipling Creator/RudyardKipling poem ''Fuzzy Wuzzy'' and Corporal Jones in ''DadsArmy'', ''Series/DadsArmy'', who fondly reminisces of his days fighting them, and their distaste for [[BayonetYa bayonets.]]
8th Dec '15 9:17:41 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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-->'''Diana''' (MaggieSmith): Twit. -->'''Sidney''' (MichaelCaine): Twit and a half.
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-->'''Diana''' (MaggieSmith): (Creator/MaggieSmith): Twit. -->'''Sidney''' (MichaelCaine): (Creator/MichaelCaine): Twit and a half.
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