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    Smile (You lucky old) sod

    Hi! I watched a British film. There were two Brtions talking each other friendly about betting on horse race. They were not familiar with eath. One man said, "You are lucky old sod". The other man was not offended by his words at all.

    I looked up 'sod' in Cambridge Dictionary . I think definition #2 is close to my context. I wonder how I should use this word and would not offend people.

    Many thanks!


    sod (UNPLEASANT)
    noun [C]
    1 UK OFFENSIVE something or someone considered unpleasant or difficult:
    Apparently he's a sod to work for.
    What did you do that for, you stupid sod?
    It was a sod of a car to repair.

    2 UK OFFENSIVE used to show that you think that someone has done better than they should:
    He's won again - the lucky sod!

    3 UK INFORMAL used to or about someone that you feel sympathy for:
    The poor old sod - I don't suppose he's got a home.
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
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    Re: (You lucky old) sod

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! I watched a British film. There were two Brtions talking each other friendly about betting on horse race. They were not familiar with eath. One man said, "You are lucky old sod". The other man was not offended by his words at all.

    I looked up 'sod' in Cambridge Dictionary . I think definition #2 is close to my context. I wonder how I should use this word and would not offend people.

    Many thanks!




    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    In this context, where the two men are presumably good friends, it is more of a joking epithet and has not particular meaning.

    Do not use this word unless you are with a VERY close friend or group of friends. It could lead to embarrassment

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    Smile Re: (You lucky old) sod

    Morning Anglika,

    Thank you for your advice.

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    Re: (You lucky old) sod

    You'll also hear similar things like 'you're a lucky bugger'.

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    Smile Re: (You lucky old) sod

    Hi Tdol,

    Thank you.

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    Re: (You lucky old) sod

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You'll also hear similar things like 'you're a lucky bugger'.
    And sometimes this is 'sanitized' in the phrase "lucky beggar".

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    Smile Re: (You lucky old) sod

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And sometimes this is 'sanitized' in the phrase "lucky beggar".

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    Thank you, BobK.

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