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Old 12-28-2005, 12:08 PM
diebitter diebitter is offline
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FWIW, some of these I have never heard of, most I would never utter.

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Really? Many of them are (or at least used to be) pretty common in London. some are a bit obscure, I'll grant, but I've heard them all used one time or another.

You'd be able to use 'bent as a nine-bob note'/Ginger/iron in any south London drinker and no-one would bat an eyelid, for example.

EDIT: some of them are quite archaic now, for example 'left-footer' - haven't heard that one since I was a kid, but 'bent as a nine-bob note' is still going strong, even though there haven't been 10-bob notes in about 40 years!

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Old 12-28-2005, 12:10 PM
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Default Re: Brits - Slang question: how do you say arrogant??

I am familiar with and sometimes use the nine bob note line.

I use ginger in a derogatory way but with no gay connotations.

iron - no idea.

FWIW, one of my fav lines, 'i'd rather show my arse in burton's window'.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:17 PM
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I see. Well, of course, this is just the sort of blinkered philistine ignorance I've come to expect from you non-creative garbage. You sit there on your loathsome spotty behinds squeezing blackheads, not caring a tinker's cuss for the struggling artist. You excrement, you whining hypocritical toadies with your colour TV sets and your Tony Jacklin golf clubs and your bleeding masonic secret handshakes. You wouldn't let me join, would you, you blackballing bastards. Well I wouldn't become a Freemason if you went down on your stinking knees and begged me. "

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But it is a lovely abattoir.

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Old 12-28-2005, 04:32 PM
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Fudge nudger is great.

I still don't get how "iron" came to mean gay. Iron hook? Huh?
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Old 12-28-2005, 04:37 PM
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Fudge nudger is great.

I still don't get how "iron" came to mean gay. Iron hook? Huh?

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Fudge nudger isn't that common, and it certainly would draw attention cos it's just rarely used.

iron = iron hoof (here hoof isn't said like horse's hoof, but to rhyme with poof or woof). I have no idea what an iron hoof is, but I think it's something to do with railway tracks. I'm pretty sure the term comes from Victorian or possibly very early 20th century times though (my great grandpa used to use it, and he was a soldier in the boer war and first world war, so it's a pretty old expression).
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Old 12-28-2005, 04:53 PM
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Do you pronounce the first vowel sound in poof and poofter the same? For some reason I pronounce the first one like I would "cool" and the second like I would "wood."
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Old 12-28-2005, 04:55 PM
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Do you pronounce the first vowel sound in poof and poofter the same? For some reason I pronounce the first one like I would "cool" and the second like I would "wood."

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Both like wood.

Some posh people pronounce poof like 'move' for some reason.
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Old 12-28-2005, 06:40 PM
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bent as a nine-bob note

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Similar to the American "Queer as a three dollar bill".
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