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c.d. 08-19-2017 06:53 PM

10 British Insults Americans Won't Understand
 
http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglopheni...ont-understand

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Scott Nelson 08-19-2017 08:49 PM

Twit or twat? Who knows?

GUT 08-19-2017 09:05 PM

Twit and Twat are pretty similar in meaning.

Not sure what you see if you click on it but here the first thing before the item starts is a common sign here "Don't be a Tosser".

PaulB 08-19-2017 10:52 PM

As it says, "twit" originally meant a mild rebuke, then the person who given to twitting, and finally it means a silly person. "Twat", as the article says, means the vagina, and is the same as using the "c" word. It's had that meaning for centuries and seems only to have been used interchangeably for "twit" in the last few decades, probably through ignorance.

GUT 08-19-2017 11:07 PM

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Originally Posted by PaulB (Post 426407)
As it says, "twit" originally meant a mild rebuke, then the person who given to twitting, and finally it means a silly person. "Twat", as the article says, means the vagina, and is the same as using the "c" word. It's had that meaning for centuries and seems only to have been used interchangeably for "twit" in the last few decades, probably through ignorance.

I clearly didn't express myself well.

Let me put it this way, in all my lie they've both meant you're a f'ing idjit.

Sam Flynn 08-20-2017 01:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PaulB (Post 426407)
It's had that meaning for centuries and seems only to have been used interchangeably for "twit" in the last few decades, probably through ignorance.

As an seven year-old, on holiday in a cottage in the Brecon Beacons, my uncle Paul put his raincoat on back-to-front. We all laughed, and I called him a "twat", whereupon the laughter abruptly ceased. It only resumed when I explained, in all honesty and innocence, that I just thought it was another way of saying "twit".

Sam Flynn 08-20-2017 01:49 AM

Another seemingly innocent-sounding insult, frequently heard in the past but less so these days, is "berk", another "twit" synonym. I had a very religious friend at school who wouldn't use swear-words (he'd say "beep" instead), but he did use the word "berk" quite often, until the day we found out that it was Cockney rhyming-slang; "berk" being short for "Berkeley Hunt". He never used it thereafter.

c.d. 08-20-2017 07:05 AM

Ok. I get "wanker" but don't quite understand how "tosser" came to refer to someone who...well....you know.

c.d.

c.d. 08-20-2017 07:07 AM

Imagine the confusion when TWA Airline stewardesses used to ask passengers if they would like some TWA coffee or some TWA tea.

c.d.

Mayerling 08-20-2017 07:18 AM

"Twat" I had heard of. But only due to the female biological reason.

I remember an old "Mad Magazine" quote of so-called cockney: "It's crackers to give a rozer a dropsey of snide." It was supposed to mean: "It's crazy to pay a cop off in phony money!" It was almost as good as a Mad Magazine quote from a so-called game called "Forty nine man Squammish" where before the second quarter the Captain of one team had to say (in Spanish) "Mi tio es enferme, pero el camino es verde!" ("My uncle is sick, but the highway is green!").

By the way, when Sir William Gilbert wrote the libretto (for Sullivan) of "Ruddygore" or "Ruddigore", many nice people did not like the title because "Ruddy" reminded them of "Bloody". Gilbert got disgusted by this, and semi-seriously suggested changing the name to "Kensington Gore, or Not As Good as the Mikado"!


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