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  • GUT
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    Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post
    CD
    a fairly common saying to males here in the US, of all ages, is Put on your big boy pants.
    meaning of course grow up, be a man,stop being a wus, etc.
    Yep, a similar type origin

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  • GUT
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    Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post
    Hi gut
    is that where the meaning of jerk came from too? calling someone a jerk here in the US is so common and been around so long I had no idea. didn't actually even think of it till now.
    Originally posted by GUT View Post
    Yep..
    The other explanation by some wordsmiths is that the soda-jerk was the most menial of jobs in the drug store.

    Most seem to believe it came from the belief that self abuse lead to mental illness.

    A common much name here in Aus is "Tommy" two ...." because he couldn't get that silly playing with just one.

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  • Abby Normal
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    Originally posted by c.d. View Post
    You Brits have some great expressions and this is one of them. I also really like "how's your father?" But I am not quite clear on the former. Apparently it means a weak and/or effeminate man. But what does the "big" refer to? Does it mean a big girl, i.e., fat or large girl or does the big mean that the man is very much weak and effeminate?

    Can't wait to use this on somebody.

    c.d.
    CD
    a fairly common saying to males here in the US, of all ages, is Put on your big boy pants.
    meaning of course grow up, be a man,stop being a wus, etc.

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  • Abby Normal
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    Originally posted by yen_powell View Post
    Around east London Americans would be known as Septics (septic tank=Yank).
    well Id prefer Shermans (Sherman tank=Yank).

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  • yen_powell
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    Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post
    Hi Joshua
    Not that I know of. And as far as I know yankee doesn't come from the verb to yank, as in yanking it, as in wanking it. LOL! The way I understand it the word has unknown origin. The most consensus is that it was a term used for Dutch settlers in the New York area in the colonial times--- it being a form of Dutch name Jan, or Janke the diminutive.

    Of course it was used by the English in the revolutionary war as an insult to the American patriots, but the Americans turned it around and used it as a source of pride, and referred to themselves as it.

    It the evolved over the years here to mainly refer to people from the north or more specifically New Yorkers around the time of the civil war. And when the NY baseball team was named the Yankees it came even more to refer th New Yorkers and specifically the baseball team.

    Now for Americans it mainly is only used to the baseball team, and as they have been so successful over the years I think it's safe to say the Yankees are the most hated baseball team in the country and people don't like the name because of that.

    I believe the rest of the world may still use it to refer to all Americans though.
    I think southerners may also still refer to northerners as Yankees but I can't be sure because living in Maryland, I haven't heard it used like that. Maybe one of the southern rebs can expound on that part a little more. LOL!

    Anyway, I have never heard that the term yankee stems from wanking it.

    Word history has always fascinated me.
    Around east London Americans would be known as Septics (septic tank=Yank).

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  • Abby Normal
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    Originally posted by Joshua Rogan View Post
    I've heard that some Americans object to being called "yankees" for the same reason (and not because they're from the South). Is this true?
    Hi Joshua
    Not that I know of. And as far as I know yankee doesn't come from the verb to yank, as in yanking it, as in wanking it. LOL! The way I understand it the word has unknown origin. The most consensus is that it was a term used for Dutch settlers in the New York area in the colonial times--- it being a form of Dutch name Jan, or Janke the diminutive.

    Of course it was used by the English in the revolutionary war as an insult to the American patriots, but the Americans turned it around and used it as a source of pride, and referred to themselves as it.

    It the evolved over the years here to mainly refer to people from the north or more specifically New Yorkers around the time of the civil war. And when the NY baseball team was named the Yankees it came even more to refer th New Yorkers and specifically the baseball team.

    Now for Americans it mainly is only used to the baseball team, and as they have been so successful over the years I think it's safe to say the Yankees are the most hated baseball team in the country and people don't like the name because of that.

    I believe the rest of the world may still use it to refer to all Americans though.
    I think southerners may also still refer to northerners as Yankees but I can't be sure because living in Maryland, I haven't heard it used like that. Maybe one of the southern rebs can expound on that part a little more. LOL!

    Anyway, I have never heard that the term yankee stems from wanking it.

    Word history has always fascinated me.

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  • Robert
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    SHANE : They say you're a low-down Yankee liar.

    WILSON : Tsk, tsk! "Low-down liar," if you don't mind. Leave out the 'Yankee.'

    SHANE : They say you're a truthful and honest Yankee.

    WILSON : Prove it.

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  • Joshua Rogan
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    I've heard that some Americans object to being called "yankees" for the same reason (and not because they're from the South). Is this true?

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  • GUT
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    Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post
    Hi gut
    is that where the meaning of jerk came from too? calling someone a jerk here in the US is so common and been around so long I had no idea. didn't actually even think of it till now.
    Yep..

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  • Abby Normal
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    Originally posted by GUT View Post
    More or less.

    Tosser and Wanker are both euphemisms for masturbation. jerk was too.
    Hi gut
    is that where the meaning of jerk came from too? calling someone a jerk here in the US is so common and been around so long I had no idea. didn't actually even think of it till now.

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  • John G
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    Originally posted by GUT View Post
    More or less.

    Tosser and Wanker are both euphemisms for masturbation. jerk was too.
    But perhaps, on a scale of one to ten, not quite as bad as calling someone "a total waste of space."
    Last edited by John G; 05-08-2017, 12:04 PM.

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  • Abby Normal
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    Originally posted by Wickerman View Post
    I can't think why anyone would call you Vile, Abby.

    Hey!
    I see what you did there!

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  • Abby Normal
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    Originally posted by Sam Flynn View Post
    The "w" word is rather popular in my neck of the woods. Here's a pleasant little ditty which uses it extensively:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4OITfVktqg

    The song is, as they say, "not safe for work", and not for children either.
    LOL. My friends when we younger and immature would rag on each other about it. usually went something like this.

    did you hook up last night?

    oh yes.you know her well.

    Rosie Palmer?


    or the variation:

    did you hook up last night?

    oh yeah-two on one.


    Rosie Palmer and her twin sister Lefty.

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  • yen_powell
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    I was once called a 'soft southern Jessie' by a northerner when I complained about cutting my face open on brambles whilst trail riding in Yorkshire, which to me is on a par with 'big girl's blouse'. I was riding with my head tilted sideways to stop the blood running into my goggles and had to stop for a quick wipe.

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  • GUT
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    Originally posted by Pcdunn View Post
    "Tosser" was used frequently on a Britsh forum I once belonged to, and that was a puzzler, though I usually could figure it out from context. I think it means the same as "jerk" does over here.
    More or less.

    Tosser and Wanker are both euphemisms for masturbation. jerk was too.

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