VANCOUVER, BC, August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- What we say, just as much as the accent with which we say it, often betrays our origins - be it a particular country or even a specific region in that country. Regional, national and - yes - generational differences mean that English-speaking people, in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK or elsewhere, use a variety of colourful expressions that may not be widely understood outside of their home country, province/state or even town. Some are amusing, some fascinating.
As a British-born transplant to Canada, I have made an effort to adapt my vocabulary accordingly. I use a 'washroom' not a 'loo' or 'restroom', an 'elevator' not a 'lift', I park in a 'parkade' and my pants are outerwear, not underwear. Nonetheless, I occasionally provoke curious looks or raised eyebrows when I unwittingly use a phrase or slang expression from my British childhood.
Below is a tiny sample of localized sayings from different parts of the English-speaking world:
a bludger / bludging - lazy, sponging off others
Sheila - a woman
whinging - whining, complaining
A few 'roos loose in the north paddock - a bit slow-witted
(Compare: A few sandwiches short of a picnic; The light's on but nobody's home, etc.)
a double-double - coffee with two creams and two sugars
toque (rhymes with Luke) - wool hat
klick - kilometre
loonie - dollar coin (there's a loon on it - it's logical!)
Some of these are very localized and may even be used in different parts of the country with very different meanings - for example, 'spitting feathers' can mean 'extremely thirsty' or 'extremely angry'.
Two favourites of my stepmother's - I think used only in the East Midlands:
It's black o'er Bill's mother's - It looks like rain
and - my personal favourite:
I'm throng as Frock's wife today ('Throng' is generally used to mean busy, but I was never able to obtain an explanation as to who Frock was, or why his wife should be so occupied!)
Other expressions from the Midlands or northern England:
Mardy - miserable, whining (see 'whinging' above)
As thick as two short planks - (see a few 'roos loose in the north paddock, etc.)
I haven't seen her for donkeys' years - I haven't seen her for a very long time
(The origin here is interesting also - surely 'elephant years' would make more sense?)
He could talk the hind leg off a donkey - he is extremely talkative
(What is it with donkeys?)
The list is endless - I could make a dictionary (many people have!) but I'm throng as Frock's wife today so I'll save that pleasure for retirement!About Prompt Proofing
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