History UsefulNotes / BritishEnglish

20th Feb '17 4:58:12 PM nombretomado
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* '''''Scotland Yard''''': A term which refers to the London Metropolitan Police as a collective, as in "Last night, Scotland Yard warned the public that escaped murderer Adolf [=McMachete=] is not to be approached under any circumstances." Due to the [[BritainIsOnlyLondon "we all live in London"]] mentality of the [[BritishNewspapers British press]], it is sometimes used to refer to the UK Police Forces as a whole. It comes from the location of the old public entrance to the Met headquarters opened on Great Scotland Yard (a street in St. James's, Westminster, which was apparently so-called because the London diplomatic offices of the Kingdom of Scotland had been there before the Union). When the Metropolitan police moved to a new and deeply ugly building in Victoria, it was dubbed "New Scotland Yard". In old dramas, famous detectives will sometimes be referred to as [[SmithOfTheYard X of the Yard.]]

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* '''''Scotland Yard''''': A term which refers to the London Metropolitan Police as a collective, as in "Last night, Scotland Yard warned the public that escaped murderer Adolf [=McMachete=] is not to be approached under any circumstances." Due to the [[BritainIsOnlyLondon "we all live in London"]] mentality of the [[BritishNewspapers [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers British press]], it is sometimes used to refer to the UK Police Forces as a whole. It comes from the location of the old public entrance to the Met headquarters opened on Great Scotland Yard (a street in St. James's, Westminster, which was apparently so-called because the London diplomatic offices of the Kingdom of Scotland had been there before the Union). When the Metropolitan police moved to a new and deeply ugly building in Victoria, it was dubbed "New Scotland Yard". In old dramas, famous detectives will sometimes be referred to as [[SmithOfTheYard X of the Yard.]]
19th Feb '17 10:02:35 AM Bisected8
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%%* '''Cack-handed'''

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%%* '''Cack-handed'''* '''Cack''': Faeces, sometimes used as a milder version of "crap" ("What a load of cack"). As a verb it can also mean the act of soiling oneself ("He just went and cacked himself!").
* '''Cack-handed''': Clumsy or done in a manner that does more harm than good (compare "ham fisted"). Also an old fashioned and mildly offensive word for [[TheSouthpaw a left handed person]] and (very rarely) by extension a derisive term for left wing political views the speaker deems harmful.



** Can also be a lower-class form of address/greeting, as in "Orright chap?"

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** Can also be a lower-class form of address/greeting, as in "Orright chap?"chap?", usually when addressing someone younger.
19th Feb '17 8:49:56 AM enitharmon
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* '''''Wog''''': Slang for "foreigner", usually used to mean people of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent (though one old British proverb, popularized by a Labour backbencher to mock imperialists, joked that "the wogs begin at [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} Calais]]"). The term is of uncertain origin; there are numerous theories, one of which claims that it originated with the construction of the Egyptian railway in the 1850s or of the Suez Canal in the 1890s depending on which version you hear, where the locals employed to work on the project were denoted as "[[FunWithAcronyms Workers/Working on Government Service]]"; but none of them are confirmed (the only thing known for certain is that "wog" dates back to Victorian times), and they're all suspect as no acronym coinage has been confirmed to date back earlier than World War 1. Widely considered to be quite derogatory and offensive, and not something you use in polite company; even as far back as TheSeventies [[Series/FawltyTowers Basil Fawlty]]'s acceptance of the term was used to depict him as a LowerClassLout.

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* '''''Wog''''': Slang for "foreigner", usually used to mean people of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent (though one old British proverb, popularized by a Labour backbencher to mock imperialists, joked that "the wogs begin at [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} Calais]]"). The term is of uncertain origin; there are numerous theories, one of which claims that it originated with the construction of the Egyptian railway in the 1850s or of the Suez Canal in the 1890s depending on which version you hear, where the locals employed to work on the project were denoted as "[[FunWithAcronyms Workers/Working on Government Service]]"; but none of them are confirmed (the only thing known for certain is that "wog" dates back to Victorian times), and they're all suspect as no acronym coinage has been confirmed to date back earlier than World War 1. Widely considered to be quite derogatory and offensive, and not something you use in polite company; even as far back as TheSeventies [[Series/FawltyTowers Basil Fawlty]]'s acceptance of the term was used to depict him as a LowerClassLout. Or, indeed, ten years earlier than that when ArchieBunker 's ultra-bigoted prototype AlfGarnett was given it several times an episode. Garnett claimed it used to be "Western Oriental Gentleman" but now it was just wog.
4th Feb '17 11:50:55 AM Prfnoff
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30th Jan '17 8:01:13 PM JMQwilleran
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* '''''Cross with''''': Mad at. "Cross" may occasionally be used in US English, but "mad" is far more common in US English.
26th Dec '16 1:48:23 PM nombretomado
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* '''''Scuffers''''' or '''''Scuppers''''': An old Liverpool term, popularized by ''Series/ZCars'', a classic British PoliceProcedural. Starred '''BrianBlessed''' as "Fancy Smith". The second form may be connected to the verb "to be scuppered".

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* '''''Scuffers''''' or '''''Scuppers''''': An old Liverpool term, popularized by ''Series/ZCars'', a classic British PoliceProcedural. Starred '''BrianBlessed''' '''Creator/BrianBlessed''' as "Fancy Smith". The second form may be connected to the verb "to be scuppered".
23rd Dec '16 2:37:38 PM DavidDelony
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* '''Gone off''': Food that has spoiled.
24th Nov '16 10:14:51 AM nombretomado
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* '''''Kerb''''': Curb, though only the roadside kind rather than, say, curbing one's speech. [[AustinPowers Its a homonym]].

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* '''''Kerb''''': Curb, though only the roadside kind rather than, say, curbing one's speech. [[AustinPowers [[Film/AustinPowers Its a homonym]].



* '''''Randy''''': Horny. Appears to be at least vaguely known in the US, thanks to ''AustinPowers''. Very common butt of WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames jokes.

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* '''''Randy''''': Horny. Appears to be at least vaguely known in the US, thanks to ''AustinPowers''.''Film/AustinPowers''. Very common butt of WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames jokes.
7th Nov '16 9:25:13 PM Midna
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* '''Bone-idle''': Extremely lazy. The implication is that the person or creature being described is so lazy it's even in their bones.
5th Nov '16 8:50:14 PM JMQwilleran
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* '''''Bath''''': The name of a city in Somerset[[note]]A spa town in the time of the Romans some of the Roman architecture, particularly the baths, still exist today[[/note]], and of what an American would call a bathtub. It's also a shibboleth of sorts; it possesses a long ''a'' (as in ''harm'') in the South of England, and a short ''a'' (as in ''ham'') in the North. If someone says "Baath" they're likely a Southerner. If it's more like "Beth" with the e swapped out, they're likely from OopNorth. If they look like they never Bathe... why are you talking to them?

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* '''''Bath''''': The name of a city in Somerset[[note]]A spa town in the time of the Romans some of the Roman architecture, particularly the baths, still exist today[[/note]], and of what an American would call a bathtub. It's also a shibboleth of sorts; it possesses a long ''a'' (as in ''harm'') in the South of England, and a short ''a'' (as in ''ham'') in the North. If someone says "Baath" they're likely a Southerner. If it's more like "Beth" with the e swapped out, they're likely from OopNorth. If they look like they never Bathe... why are you talking to them?them? Additionally, "bath" is much more likely to be used as a verb in British English, for example, to "bath the baby" rather than "bathe."
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