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    wee

    Is using wee to mean 'little bit' offensive? wee lad for instance. as it also means urine.
    Is wee which means to urinate used by adults? my dictionary says it's childish but I heard a woman on TV said I'll wee on my seat.
    Is it used by Americans?
    Thank you

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    Re: wee

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Is using wee to mean 'little bit' offensive? wee lad for instance. as it also means urine.
    It means "little", not "little bit". "Little bit lad" makes no sense.
    Is wee which means to urinate used by adults?
    Yes, it can be.
    my dictionary says it's childish but I heard a woman on TV said I'll wee on my seat.
    Is it used by Americans?
    Thank you
    It's not offensive, but it's normally used by Scottish people, or in Scottish-influenced places. In Australia, a native Arabic-speaker using "wee" would sound quite strange. People would not be offended, but they'd wonder why you're using the word. You'd be forever having to explain that you studied at Glasgow University, for example.

    There are plenty of other words that have several meanings which, if used correctly in the right context, are not offensive.

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    #3

    Re: wee

    Now I can't get this little rhyme out of my head:

    Oh when I was a wee, wee tot
    They put me on my wee, wee pot
    To see if I would wee or not.

    But when they saw that I would not,
    They took me off my wee, wee pot
    And put me in my wee, wee cot.
    And there I wee-weed quite a lot.
    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Jul-2011 at 10:35.

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    #4

    Re: wee

    Bad Aim

    We tried to wee-wee on the seed,
    But found we'd wee-weed on the weed
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    Weird.

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    Re: wee

    Yes, I think we have to distinguish between wee and wee-wee.

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    #6

    Re: wee

    Somehow I get the feeling that somebody is taking the piss.

    TomUK

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    Re: wee

    Quote Originally Posted by TomUK View Post
    Somehow I get the feeling that somebody is taking the piss.

    TomUK
    I have no idea what this expression means, but I've seen it here twice recently.
    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
    I have no idea what this expression means, but I've seen it here twice recently.
    Taking the piss (Wikipedia)

    taking the piss (Urban Dictionary)



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    Talking Re: wee

    The use of this word is not offensive, but it should be used in a socially and/or humorous context.

    As is the case with all languages, everything we say can be said in different ways and at different times. In Brazilian Portuguese for example, "que lindo!" either means "how beautiful" or ironically "how incredibly ugly".

    Wee can be offensive when said with the absence of a smile, so watch out!

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    Re: wee

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have no idea what this expression means, but I've seen it here twice recently.
    Same here...makes no sense to me. "Take A piss..." (sorry) has a completely different meaning.

    As Raymott says...it sounds Scottish (to mean tiny).

    Not a teacher -- AmE native

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