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Cock does not mean shit, so I don't see how that works. It's an expression of dismay, but that's about all they have in common. They don't literally mean the same thing. But what are they refering to when they say 'cock'? The penis? Or the bird?
 

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Cock does not mean shit, so I don't see how that works. It's an expression of dismay, but that's about all they have in common. They don't literally mean the same thing. But what are they referring to when they say 'cock'? The penis? Or the bird?

The penis.

I agree with you - "oh cock" and "oh shit" are not quite the same thing.
 

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Do the Americans really have trouble understanding what there saying? I never have a problem with American words :|
 

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For the most part, no, but every so often they make references that I just don't get (sometimes I can look them up, other times I just chalk it up to being a Britism).
 

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The penis.

I agree with you - "oh cock" and "oh shit" are not quite the same thing.
Alright, I guess there isn't the same stigma against that word as there is over here. Saying "Oh, Cock!" might actually be worse than saying oh shit around here.
 

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Do the Americans really have trouble understanding what there saying? I never have a problem with American words :|

I could think of three explanations on why you understand American words.

1. Cultural imperialism. Flipping on the telly in the UK you are more likely to find American shows (Friends, Heroes, etc) than flipping on the telly here in the US and finding British shows (usually PBS and BBC America). Likewise, Hollywood is everywhere, but besides Harry Potter, LOTR, and Simon Pegg, there's really not that much coming from UK to the US. So, you have more exposure to American slang than I would have to British slang.

2. You use the context to understand the meaning of the word, but perhaps you really don't. "Rolling in my 6-4" means what? From the context of "Let Me Ride" you probably understand he's talking about cruising. Snoop's specifically referring to his '64 Impala, but you don't actually need to know that "6-4" is a reference to his Impala. For me, I didn't really know what "chavvy" means, I just look at the riced out Escort Clarkson's pointing to and go "ahh..."

3. There is no such thing as "American words." The US is a big place and the "American words" you hear are probably pretty generic. For instance, do you know what chitterlings are? Or how its pronounced in the vernacular? Bubbler? Dubs? Flyover country? Rust belt? Crunk? If someone offered you "fry sauce" would you take it? Do you roll in the 312? Ever been to chi-town? Can you do the Potomac two step?

I think most of these are fairly localized (you rarely hear someone from Kansas City talk about "Flyover Country" and "bubbler" is a fairly Wisconsin/Minnesota phenomena). And fry sauce is unique to Utah. And chi-town refers to Chicago.

Even something as innocuous as "I'm from the 818" is tricky. You'd have to know that 3 digit codes refers to area codes and then know that 818 is an area in Los Angeles.

Just my thoughts about it, feel free to disagree. :)
 
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Ever been to chi-town?

Yuh.:D
chobits01.jpg

:lol:
 

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You'll have to explain that one FD. I may have wasted literally whole days of my life watching anime, but I've never watched Chobits.
 

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I thought I was on the money with oh shit for oh cock but it really means the penis. I don't get it why would I blame penis for something. Shit is bad stuff no matter where it is but, having cock in a pussy is great. I love my penis I would never blame it for just random events but shit now thats a scapegoat.

Oh well but don't run your mouth or I will fill it and give you a reason to say oh cock.
 

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I thought I was on the money with oh shit for oh cock but it really means the penis. I don't get it why would I blame penis for something. Shit is bad stuff no matter where it is but, having cock in a pussy is great. I love my penis I would never blame it for just random events but shit now thats a scapegoat.

Oh well but don't run your mouth or I will fill it and give you a reason to say oh cock.

So you're saying you have complete control over your penis, and never been "excited" at an inopportune moment?
 

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Is the correct pronunciation "jai-row"? Because here in Australia we pronounce it "kebab". :lol:

In america its marketed as the greek version of the sandwich, called 'gyro' or pronounced 'yee-ro', altho some americans pronounce it 'jy-roh' like a gyroscope.

We have middleeastern places that serves schwarmas as well but they look totally diff from the greek gyro sandwiches.

And what we eat as kebabs in mediterrean or middle eastern restaurants look totally different as well

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typically our kebabs or shish-kebabs are meat and veggies eaten off of skewers with rice and bread on the side.
 

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I thought I was on the money with oh shit for oh cock but it really means the penis. I don't get it why would I blame penis for something. Shit is bad stuff no matter where it is but, having cock in a pussy is great. I love my penis I would never blame it for just random events but shit now thats a scapegoat.

Oh well but don't run your mouth or I will fill it and give you a reason to say oh cock.

It's like "oh fuck", these words have many possible uses and meanings beyond the "official" use.
 

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I think we need more lingo that's not actually just an English word used more often. Aka "Rubbish" or "Cock" is just the same thing since its just English.

What about Berk and Pillock? I know you have the latter, but isn't a Berk like a Dork or something?
 

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^Thanks for the definition.

Aw crap my bad. Berk is supposedly in the dictionary @ dictionary.com.

dictionary.com said:
berk

noun
a stupid person who is easy to take advantage of

WordNet? 3.0, ? 2006 by Princeton University.

I take it this was just a slang addition to the dictionary though right? It's not like a term that's derived from like Latin: Berkus Berkeleyus Delicious?
 

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I always thought (and it's common here) as He-yun-day. (a 1990's advertising slogan for them was "All day, every day, Hyundai")

One word from TG that's not used here is "Bollocks" (means balls or BS, doesn't it?).
 

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I never understood what exactly they're trying to express when they use the word, "Strueth." I just know they look like an ass when they use that word.
 
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