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    Default Re: British English idioms or sayings for surprise

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What the dickens!
    Indeed. Thanks for that; it reminded me that what the f... should have been on my last post.

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    Crikey- you've got a bit of a north and south, Fivejedjon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Crikey- you've got a bit of a north and south, Fivejedjon.
    F... off, Tdol (uttered with a jocular, slightly dismissive intonation).
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Oct-2010 at 15:18. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: British English idioms or sayings for surprise

    Strewth


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    Well I'll go to the back of our stairs.

    Dated northern English expression

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    (Excuse me, what does the "north and south" comment mean?)
    Last edited by Barb_D; 01-Nov-2010 at 15:08.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    (Excuse me, what does the "north and south" comment mean?)
    Cockney rhyming slang. Mouth

    When Tdol accuses me of having a bit of a mouth, he is suggesting that I have a rich and colourful range of expressions, including some that might not appeal to the faint-hearted.

    True cockney rhyming slang changes constantly so that the uninitiated do not know what is being talked about. However, some expressions have become part of the informal language of some BrE speakers. I cannot say whether true cockneys still use these. Examples include:

    titfer hat (tit for tat)
    plates feet (plates of meat)
    skin and blister sister
    trouble and strife - wife

    I've just found this:What is Cockney rhyming slang?
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    Default Re: British English idioms or sayings for surprise

    I don't know which are also US English.

    Rude ones in white. Select to view.

    Shiver my (me) timbers, flipping eck, flip, friken'/freaking 'eck, cor blimey, don't that just take the biscuit (or other references to the taking of biscuits for bad surprises), you've got to be joking/kidding (me), no shit, I'm flabbergasted/gobsmacked, bollocks!, strike me down, gosh, golly, well I'll be damned, seriously?, you jest, cobblers!, bugger me, sod me.
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    thanks for you all


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    Default Re: British English idioms or sayings for surprise

    Quote Originally Posted by timtak View Post
    I don't know which are also US English.
    I don't know about the others but you won't hear "bollocks" in the US. I think it simply doesn't exist there.

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