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  • #31
    Try asking an American student if they have a rubber you can borrow!! Not only the creepiness of the request, but the suggestion that you'll give it back once you've used it
    Started Feb 18 2011

    Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Jac View Post
      Try asking an American student if they have a rubber you can borrow!! Not only the creepiness of the request, but the suggestion that you'll give it back once you've used it
      My Geordie housemate at uni did Camp America (she taught Irish dancing, among other things) she told a group of kids to use a rubber if they made a mistake (lots of red faces there). She also came unstuck while trying to organise a 'fancy dress party' - the children thought she meant ballgowns rather than costumes.

      My own separated by a common language story? Hearing from my best friend (American) - we were discussing displays of parental affection - that her father-in-law liked to 'paddle his wife's fanny'. We were on a train at the time (in the UK) and the whole carriage went silent. I tried to explain to her, but she didn't grasp the full rudeness until she repeated the story to my parents over dinner. My father is still chuckling to this day, while my mother's response was a rather clipped 'I take it that means something else in America.' PRICELESS.
      I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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      • #33
        It is okay. I wondered if you knew what it meant but guessed that you didn't Please don't be embarrassed..it just falls under the whole topic of language.


        Originally posted by annedawso View Post
        I have only just realised "cunning linguists" is a double entendre. Badgergirl I am shocked and embarrassed that I didn't realise sooner.
        I always have to have jokes explained.

        Bacon rashers, not sure what US bacon is like, but here's UK's.
        Raw bacon rashers stock image from Picturenation.
        More like pork belly which is where bacon actually comes from. Interesting. THanks for sharing! I have a new mental image of the concept 'a rasher of bacon'.
        You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

        Age 48
        height 5'3
        SW 215 lbs
        CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
        LW 172 lbs
        GW 125ish lbs

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Jac View Post
          Try asking an American student if they have a rubber you can borrow!! Not only the creepiness of the request, but the suggestion that you'll give it back once you've used it
          A rubber is a raincoat? That would be a bit disconcerting!
          You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

          Age 48
          height 5'3
          SW 215 lbs
          CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
          LW 172 lbs
          GW 125ish lbs

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          • #35
            Originally posted by valmason01 View Post
            A rubber is a raincoat? That would be a bit disconcerting!
            A rubber is an eraser
            I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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            • #36
              LOL! Boy I had that one wrong. Not sure why I thought it was a raincoat.
              You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

              Age 48
              height 5'3
              SW 215 lbs
              CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
              LW 172 lbs
              GW 125ish lbs

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              • #37
                look at this! We're in heaven: Foodie figures of speech: a world of edible idioms | Life and style | guardian.co.uk
                I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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                • #38
                  Valmason01 - That's funny you thinking a rubber was a raincoat.
                  Badgetgirl, I am laughing at the train incident. I can see why paddling the fanny is so rude, but I dont know what it actually means in US.
                  My clue is that the bum bags we wore in Florida were called fanny bags or something similar.

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                  • #39
                    Fanny = butt
                    Paddle = lightly tap/slap
                    And there was me imagining an English fanny and splashing in puddles. Lord only knows what my mother was imagining. I think we can safely guess that my father was thinking along the same lines as me, if he ever managed to get past 'she just said FANNY!'
                    The Yanks have a very traditional family cookbook called, I kid you not, The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. I have a copy. I bet that farmer's crop always does well.
                    I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by badgergirl View Post

                      Its perfect!
                      You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                      Age 48
                      height 5'3
                      SW 215 lbs
                      CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                      LW 172 lbs
                      GW 125ish lbs

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                      • #41
                        oh my gosh! I finally figured out what fanny means in the UK. No wonder everyone was so shocked! And it took me a minute to figure out bum bag. We call them fanny packs here. I am loving this conversation
                        You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                        Age 48
                        height 5'3
                        SW 215 lbs
                        CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                        LW 172 lbs
                        GW 125ish lbs

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by badgergirl View Post
                          The Yanks have a very traditional family cookbook called, I kid you not, The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. I have a copy. I bet that farmer's crop always does well.
                          Hey! I own several copies of that cookbook (in several different publishings)! That is one hell of a classic cookbook over here. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook dates all the way back to 1896, and was originally called the "Boston Cooking-School Cookbook". Fannie Farmer (her full given name is Fannie Merritt Farmer) was one of the very first to introduce standardized measurements like cups and teaspoons to recipes. It is now in its 13th edition, I believe.

                          I don't get something... how rude is saying "fanny" in public in England, anyway? It is considered a much more polite way to reference your posterior in conversation over here. "Backside" spoken by a child won't get them in trouble, while "butt" might in more uptight households.
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by badgergirl View Post
                            Tight= someone who is mean with money. Except on the Isle, when I was a lassie...
                            Ooohhh, badgergirl...
                            I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post

                              I don't get something... how rude is saying "fanny" in public in England, anyway? It is considered a much more polite way to reference your posterior in conversation over here. "Backside" spoken by a child won't get them in trouble, while "butt" might in more uptight households.
                              Cos fanny means vagina in the UK.!!!!!! Actually there are much cruder words than that, but maybe that would be too much info.
                              Actually it is also an old fashioned girls name in the UK, though never heard anyone called it apart from in old classics.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by annedawso View Post
                                Cos fanny means vagina in the UK.!!!!!! Actually there are much cruder words than that, but maybe that would be too much info.
                                Actually it is also an old fashioned girls name in the UK, though never heard anyone called it apart from in old classics.
                                AAAAAAACCCKKKKK!!! NOW I get it!!!

                                Oh, boy... that would cause some awkward silences, wouldn't it?!?!

                                And yeah, in common with British English speakers, we American English speakers have what would amount to a whole porn shop's worth of cruuuuude words for all the usual functional pieces-parts of the human body.

                                Thanks for clearing that up!

                                One other thing... sometimes I hear "bloody" used in British movies. How x-rated is that? The same as our "F-bomb"??

                                P.S. Just because I thought of this... I borrowed a CD from the library a few weeks ago. It was Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame - I should have known better) singing his songs. Since I had really never heard more than a couple, I thought I would listen, since I really like The Galaxy Song and that one about all the icky creatures also being created by God. Anyway, I pop the thing into the car CD player, Second is sitting up front next to me, and what should come over the speakers but The Penis Song....

                                Second was almost electrified since she had never heard talk like that - no cussing, just lots and lots and lots of euphemisms for, obviously, the penis. But mostly probably because Eric got to the part about the "one-eyed trouser snake" and I almost ran off the road laughing before I could get that thing out of there.
                                Last edited by Crabbcakes; 10-18-2012, 11:16 AM.
                                I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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