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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    Pfft. I also knew that one. :P

    The aussie one that gets me is 'it's alright' or 'not bad'. HOW am I supposed to know when something is 'not bad', or 'the best night of my life' when the phrase is the same?

    Ya gotta listen to the inflection... 'not bad, not bad at all' said with an appreciative tone means 'that was pretty damn good'. 'That wasn't half bad' said with a surprised tone means the same thing.

    Generally, 'not bad' is better than 'alright'. Lol

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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    In the US, "that's bad" means "that is very, very good," while "that's dope" means something is 1) clever or 2) stupid.
    The first of these is either regional or situational. I can't recall using "that's bad" for that off hand.
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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    true,here if they even said darn,the religious right would show up with torches and pitchforks..
    If you ever have the opportunity to watch Australian parliament, watch it. They're like a bunch of teenagers slinging insults at each other... it can be really funny to watch. If you want a sample Google 'paul keating insults'... in his heyday that man could cripple you with public televised insults lol.

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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    We have "Bad mama Jamma" we have stone cold bad ass something or other..and we also have the term Phat..that sounds like an insult,but is not,it means good..chew on that 'Mericans..
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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    Quote Originally Posted by MaskedOne View Post
    The first of these is either regional or situational. I can't recall using "that's bad" for that off hand.
    It depends on how it is said - it's easiest to understand when when the word "so" is put in front of "dope" - is the "o" stretched out, or is it said short with an angry tone?

    It may be regional Detroit speak, but, since the rise of the glorification of ghetto culture, I figured it had gone national.
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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    Quote Originally Posted by Rae'ya View Post
    Ooh rep point for you! I've been pulling that particular phrase out for years now and you're the first to get it!
    Ta duck. Ta= thanks and duck is a friendly term of address in Derbyshire although as merely a Derbyshire resident, rather than a native I don't use it (that sounding like a numpty thing). It's quite funny how non-derbyshire folks will misinterpret 'duck', assuming it to be a diminutive used for women but its not, it's used equally between straight men of equal social status as well as for women and children as far as I can tell.

    Now how would I say it in aussie? My years of watching neighbours and home and away suggests 'Thanks mate.'
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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    Quote Originally Posted by Maythe View Post
    Us Brits do a similar thing with bad things. 'Had a bit of a rotten day,' could mean my favourite cake recipe sunk and I was really looking forward to it; it could mean I lost three members of my family in a horrific accident. Although 'a rotten day' for a sunk cake would be considered overstating the case a bit. Tone and context are the key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maythe View Post
    Ta duck. Ta= thanks and duck is a friendly term of address in Derbyshire although as merely a Derbyshire resident, rather than a native I don't use it (that sounding like a numpty thing). It's quite funny how non-derbyshire folks will misinterpret 'duck', assuming it to be a diminutive used for women but its not, it's used equally between straight men of equal social status as well as for women and children as far as I can tell.

    Now how would I say it in aussie? My years of watching neighbours and home and away suggests 'Thanks mate.'
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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    Yes it was B. De.(not surprised with your old man eyes you missed it)

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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    I've not noticed it. We definitely 'put the kettle on'. But as I said I'm not native and most of my friends aren't native so I only really meet the natives at work and out and about :P
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    Re: How the swear like a Brit

    Freaking upitty English and aussi intellectuals,always talking fancy and such..Not like us "Pure" working class heroes here in the good old U. S. Of A. (If nothing else we "Yanks" have a strange sense of humor)
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