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    What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    Hi
    Could you help me with this word? You know I heard shooting crabs (I'm terribly sorry, I've heard it's a slang, I couldn't find it. So sorry if it's so rude). I also heard crack wise, again I couldn't find it.
    I mean when in the street a male uses some words to tease or make a female laugh, what's the word for that?
    Thanks a lot

    Sorry, if I couldn't explain it well.

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    Re: What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    Could you help me with this word? You know I heard shooting crabs (I'm terribly sorry, I've heard it's a slang, I couldn't find it. So sorry if it's so rude). I also heard crack wise, again I couldn't find it.
    I mean when in the street a male uses some words to tease or make a female laugh, what's the word for that?
    Thanks a lot

    Sorry, if I couldn't explain it well.
    As far as I know, "to crack wise" or "to make wisecracks" simply means to mess about verbally, making jokes etc. I think the phrase might be "shooting the crap" but that means just generally chatting.

    In my opinion, neither of them have any connection with a man teasing a woman and making her laugh. I can't think of a phrase which describes that activity.

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    Re: What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As far as I know, "to crack wise" or "to make wisecracks" simply means to mess about verbally, making jokes etc. I think the phrase might be "shooting the crap" but that means just generally chatting.

    In my opinion, neither of them have any connection with a man teasing a woman and making her laugh. I can't think of a phrase which describes that activity.

    Like wolf whistling somebody, I mean instead of that, one or two words that are blurted out as soon as some guys, like workers, see a female.
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    Could you help me with this word? You know I heard shooting crabs (I'm terribly sorry, I've heard it's a slang, I couldn't find it. So sorry if it's so rude). I also heard crack wise, again I couldn't find it.
    I mean when in the street a male uses some words to tease or make a female laugh, what's the word for that?
    Thanks a lot

    Sorry, if I couldn't explain it well.
    "Shooting craps" (not "crabs") is a game of chance using a pair of dice usually found in a casino, When used in casual conversation, not in the sense of casino gambling, it can mean that a person takes a chance not knowing the outcome, "a crap shoot" . But after reviewing emsr2d2's response and without knowing the context, I would agree that it refers more to general conversation

    "A wise crack" is a crude, rude or offensive remark, not reserved for females.
    Last edited by billmcd; 16-Apr-2012 at 18:43.

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    Re: What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    In most workplaces in the UK, men wolf-whistling or blurting out phrases specifically to women, would probably be grounds for disciplinary action.

    In less enlightened times, women in the UK frequently heard "Phwoooar" or "All right, darling" shouted at them by builders at the top of scaffolding. I have no idea what young women might hear from young men in nightclubs these days but I doubt I'd like the phrases, and nor would I expect to hear them in the workplace.

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    Re: What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In most workplaces in the UK, men wolf-whistling or blurting out phrases specifically to women, would probably be grounds for disciplinary action.

    In less enlightened times, women in the UK frequently heard "Phwoooar" or "All right, darling" shouted at them by builders at the top of scaffolding. I have no idea what young women might hear from young men in nightclubs these days but I doubt I'd like the phrases, and nor would I expect to hear them in the workplace.
    Thanks
    Me neither. I just wanna know what the verb for this action by those men, is. What do they do? It's done by some low class people who are just wandering around in the street and doing nothing special.
    Thanks a million.

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    Re: What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    I would call it "harassment", "verbal harassment" or even "sexual harassment" so the associated verb would be "harassing". "Hassling" is a possibility but that's not restricted to men saying things to women. Neither of them is limited to low-class people wandering the streets though. I have a feeling that there is not going to be an equivalent English word for a verb that you clearly have in your country/language. What does it say in your Persian-English dictionary?

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    Re: What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would call it "harassment", "verbal harassment" or even "sexual harassment" so the associated verb would be "harassing". "Hassling" is a possibility but that's not restricted to men saying things to women. Neither of them is limited to low-class people wandering the streets though. I have a feeling that there is not going to be an equivalent English word for a verb that you clearly have in your country/language. What does it say in your Persian-English dictionary?
    Thanks a million and sorry for the trouble. In my dictionary I found make wisecracks and josh.

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    Re: What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Thanks a million and sorry for the trouble. In my dictionary I found make wisecracks and josh.
    I can assure you that neither of those are limited to things men say to women. Is that the case in Persian?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Apr-2012 at 19:46.

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    Re: What's the word for this please? (When usually a male teases a female)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can assure that neither of those are limited to things men say to women. Is that the case in Persian?
    Yeah, mostly it comes from the men (and as I said the low class one, usually the workers, the one who's wandering around in the street etc,which is so disgusting and nerve racking) unless the female is a teenager. I mean she is so young and childish not grown up enough and wanna attract the attention of the male.

    Thanks a billion for the help.

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