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    Is "stupid git" used by Americans and British alike?

    I came across this word in this thread:

    As I didn't know the word git myself, I had a look and found all these synonyms:

    rotter, dirty dog, rat, skunk, stinker, stinkpot, bum, puke, crumb, lowlife, scum bag, so-and-so, git

    I wonder if people use the word the same way all over the place. In Spanish the translation supplied doesn't seem to be that hard. It is tranlated as imbécil which simply means "stupid" or "idiot".

    I wonder if it is used in the States and Britain alike and what kind of nuances are there for this word.

    Thanks for your input.

    saludos de Espańa

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    Re: Is "stupid git" used by Americans and British alike?

    'git' is a dialect word, meaning ''unpleasant or contemptible person'
    So, one often hears, "the stupid git".
    I doubt very much whether it has crossed the Atlantic. Americans much prefer 'a**hole'

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    Re: Is "stupid git" used by Americans and British alike?

    I can only tell you that it is used in Britain - I have never heard any of my American colleagues use it but that doiesn't mean it's not used there. I'm afraid that I disagree with your translation 'a git' is a derogotory term for a contemptible person. We often say 'stupid git' being but being stupid is not necessary for a person to be described as a git. Sometimes when used between friends the term is critical but not so rude.

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    Re: Is "stupid git" used by Americans and British alike?

    And here is one suggested etymology: "worthless person", 1946, British slang, a southern variant of Scottish get "illegitimate child, brat," related to beget

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    Re: Is "stupid git" used by Americans and British alike?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'git' is a dialect word, meaning ''unpleasant or contemptible person'
    So, one often hears, "the stupid git".
    I doubt very much whether it has crossed the Atlantic. Americans much prefer 'a**hole'
    I suppose it's possible that it crossed the Atlantic after the Beatles used it on the Revolver album, but I doubt it. When I was at school, there was a widely-held belief (widely-held among my peers, that is) that it originally meant 'pregnant camel', but the idea's pretty fanciful (though attractive in a quirky way ).

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    PS In that song, it rhymed with "cigarette" ('And cursed Sir Walter Raleigh - he was such a stupid get' - which links it with Anglika's Scottish derivation.
    Last edited by BobK; 09-Mar-2008 at 23:00. Reason: Expanded parenthesis and added PS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    And here is one suggested etymology: "worthless person", 1946, British slang, a southern variant of Scottish get "illegitimate child, brat," related to beget
    It's used commonly enough in Canada. I use it myself.

    I don't believe I've ever heard it in the USA though, except from an ex-patriot from the UK, or from Canada, or from someone with such a connection.

    Since Canada is heavily Scots in many areas, this does make a certain amount of sense.

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    Re: Is "stupid git" used by Americans and British alike?

    Within my circle of friends, we never use the term 'stupid git'. It is a fairly safe bet that the term is definitely not common usage in the USA.

    David L. speaks the truth: "Americans much prefer 'a**hole'"

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    Re: Is "stupid git" used by Americans and British alike?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Within my circle of friends, we never use the term 'stupid git'. It is a fairly safe bet that the term is definitely not common usage in the USA.

    David L. speaks the truth: "Americans much prefer 'a**hole'"

    Cheers,
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    So it would be as strong as a***hole??

    I had never heard this word before, good to know, just in case..!

    By the way, used equally for men and women??

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    Re: Is "stupid git" used by Americans and British alike?

    I think it depends on the context. If used in polite company, it could be regarded as rude, but among good friends it's harmless enough. It can apply to men and women equally. I wouldn't use it with the force of a***hole; it's more like idiot to me.

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    Re: Is "stupid git" used by Americans and British alike?

    I associate 'stupid git' with reference to (older) men rather than to women, for whom the charming 'stupid old bag' would be the equivalent.

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