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October 24, 2012

"How 'English' common sayings are crossing the Atlantic and conquering American conversation"

"Knackered," "snog," "spot-on," "kerfluffle," and others

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Richard

To take it to the next level you need to use the cockney rhyming slang versions as in "I'm effin cream crackered"

JorgXMckie

Didn't P.J. O'Rourke call the English language a thug that follows other languages down allies, knocks them down, rifles their pockets, and makes off with any useful words, or something like that?

And "knackered" may have become popular recently, but it's been used where I grew up for probably over a century [my grandfather used it and he's been dead for almost 50 years, and he also said, "ready for the knackers {i.e. stockyards}" when he was tired past being "knackered"]. I'm guessing it dates back to Shakespeare's time and has been used in "hillbilly" communities for that period.

Craig could check any nearby "mountaineers" and see if that's the case. ;->=

Ben

What?
No "like teaching grannie to suck eggs" (it's easy) or
"the dogs bollocks"? (a load of crap)

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