History UsefulNotes / BritishEnglish

28th Apr '16 5:44:29 PM jnv11
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** The ''ash'' (æ) and ''ethel'' () are pronounced ''very similarly'' to an 'e', but are not the same sound. Æ and are ''not'' e, they make a different sound that generally only those who can make it can recognise. The nearest American sound to it would be an 'ee', though, so [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Ted was wrong]].

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** The ''ash'' (æ) and ''ethel'' () are pronounced ''very similarly'' to an 'e', but are not the same sound. Æ [=Æ=] and are ''not'' e, they make a different sound that generally only those who can make it can recognise. The nearest American sound to it would be an 'ee', though, so [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Ted was wrong]].
25th Apr '16 3:28:23 PM DavidDelony
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* Some words are the same in both British and American English but are pronounced differently. For example, in British English, the emphasis in the word "adult" is on the first syllable.

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* Some words are the same in both British and American English but are pronounced differently. For example, in British English, the emphasis in the word "adult" is on the first syllable. "Again" rhymes with "pain".
25th Apr '16 3:24:07 PM DavidDelony
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* Some words are the same in both British and American English but are pronounced differently. For example, in British English, the emphasis in the word "adult" is on the first syllable.
22nd Apr '16 11:09:40 PM Midna
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* '''''Brew, a''''': A cup of tea. Note that it is only used when it is given an ordinal indicator (so someone would speak of "a brew" or "some brews": they would never call their drink "my brew", unless you're Creator/PeterKay and your biscuit (see above) has fallen in it, Where I'm from, North England we always say "my brew". E.g. "Which is my brew?". "I've just spilt my brew". "My brew is too hot". "Did you put sugar in my brew"?). Can also be used to refer to a cup of coffee, or a hot drink of whatever specification; however, it ''never'' means a beer (as it does in the US and Canada). "A brew" can also mean the act of making a round of tea/coffee/other hot drinks; "I'm doing a brew, who's having what?"

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* '''''Brew, a''''': A cup of tea. Note that it is only used when it is given an ordinal indicator (so someone would speak of "a brew" or "some brews": they would never call their drink "my brew", unless you're Creator/PeterKay and your biscuit (see above) has fallen in it, Where I'm from, or you're from North England we always say "my brew". E.g. "Which is my brew?". "I've just spilt my brew". "My brew is too hot". "Did you put sugar in my brew"?).England. Can also be used to refer to a cup of coffee, or a hot drink of whatever specification; however, it ''never'' means a beer (as it does in the US and Canada). "A brew" can also mean the act of making a round of tea/coffee/other hot drinks; "I'm doing a brew, who's having what?"


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* '''''Car park''''': A parking lot. You know, because [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin it's where you park cars]].
16th Apr '16 2:17:46 PM MisterApple
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* ''Tea leaf''': Thief.

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* ''Tea '''Tea leaf''': Thief.
16th Apr '16 12:22:52 PM Anddrix
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* '''''Bird''''': A colloquialism for a woman. Use (and the politeness thereof) may vary, although one generally wouldn't use the term to refer to a prepubescent girl, an older woman or a family member compare US 'chick'. Understood by most Americans thanks to the British Invasion (of music). Not used very often anymore because it is considered sexist.
%%Actually, mosts sexists win't use it either.

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* '''''Bird''''': A colloquialism for a woman. Use (and the politeness thereof) may vary, although one generally wouldn't use the term to refer to a prepubescent girl, an older woman or a family member compare US 'chick'. Understood by most Americans thanks to the British Invasion (of music). Not used very often anymore because it is considered sexist.
%%Actually, mosts sexists win't use it either.
16th Apr '16 10:55:35 AM MisterApple
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* '''''Gaff''''': Strictly, one's domicile, although it is also used in the sense of "territory", as in [[Creator/AlMurray "My Gaff, My Rules."]] Originally Cockney, but now fairly widespread in London and the South-East of England. Unrelated to the identically pronounced ''gaffe'', meaning a mistake or error.

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* '''''Gaff''''': Strictly, one's domicile, although it is also used in the sense of "territory", as in [[Creator/AlMurray "My Gaff, My Rules."]] " Originally Cockney, but now fairly widespread in London and the South-East of England. Unrelated to the identically pronounced ''gaffe'', meaning a mistake or error.



* '''''Geordie''''': A native of certain parts of Tyneside. Exactly who can be considered a Geordie is a topic of some debate, but you're usually pretty safe using it to refer to natives of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. It ''doesn't'' refer to just anyone from the [[UsefulNotes/NorthEastEngland North East]], and whatever you do, ''[[BerserkButton do not]]'' use it to refer to a native of Sunderland[[note]] Because they dislike the actual Geordies. The Geordies are totally fine with that[[/note]]. See also Series/GeordieShore.

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* '''''Geordie''''': A native of certain parts of Tyneside. Exactly who can be considered a Geordie is a topic of some debate, but you're usually pretty safe using it to refer to natives of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. It ''doesn't'' refer to just anyone from the [[UsefulNotes/NorthEastEngland North East]], and whatever you do, ''[[BerserkButton do not]]'' use it to refer to a native of Sunderland[[note]] Because they dislike the actual Geordies. The Geordies are totally fine with that[[/note]]. See also Series/GeordieShore.
16th Apr '16 10:44:44 AM MisterApple
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* '''''Billy No Mates''''': Someone with few friends, regardless of their given name, and often used by everyone: the usage is generally more as a friendly rib, otherwise it'd be quite offensive.

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* '''''Billy No Mates''''': Someone with few friends, regardless of their given name, name (although Billy will sometimes be replaced with the person's name), and often used by everyone: the usage is generally more as a friendly rib, otherwise it'd be quite offensive.



* '''''Bird''''': A colloquialism for a woman. Use (and the politeness thereof) may vary, although one generally wouldn't use the term to refer to a prepubescent girl, an older woman or a family member compare US 'chick'. Understood by most Americans thanks to the British Invasion (of music).

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* '''''Bird''''': A colloquialism for a woman. Use (and the politeness thereof) may vary, although one generally wouldn't use the term to refer to a prepubescent girl, an older woman or a family member compare US 'chick'. Understood by most Americans thanks to the British Invasion (of music). Not used very often anymore because it is considered sexist.
%%Actually, mosts sexists win't use it either.
14th Apr '16 9:57:07 AM Arivne
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** And finally, as per the Music/TheSexPistols obscenity trial around the album ''Music/NeverMindTheBollocksHeresTheSexPistols'', "Bollocks" was used in old English to refer to a Priest. Almost nobody actually uses this sense of the word any more, but you can draw all sorts of conclusions from the mere fact of its existence: it's possibly related to "bollocking", above.

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** And finally, as per the Music/TheSexPistols obscenity trial around the album ''Music/NeverMindTheBollocksHeresTheSexPistols'', "Bollocks" was used in old English to refer to a Priest.priest. Almost nobody actually uses this sense of the word any more, but you can draw all sorts of conclusions from the mere fact of its existence: it's possibly related to "bollocking", above.
14th Apr '16 9:51:01 AM Arivne
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* '''''Bender''''': Homophobic slur. While gay people may use it to refer to themselves, it isn't appropriate for straight people to use. Probably the reason ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[MarketBasedTitle had its name changed]].[[note]]Well, it was actually called ''[[ColonCancer Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Legend of Aang]]'' for some showings, and various other things for others. But when they were just called 'benders' in the film, not many people saw it dirtily because they already knew what they actually meant.[[/note]]

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* '''''Bender''''': Homophobic slur. [[NWordPrivileges While gay people may use it to refer to themselves, themselves]], it isn't appropriate for straight people to use. Probably the reason ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[MarketBasedTitle had its name changed]].[[note]]Well, it was actually called ''[[ColonCancer Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Legend of Aang]]'' for some showings, and various other things for others. But when they were just called 'benders' in the film, not many people saw it dirtily because they already knew what they actually meant.[[/note]]
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