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to think there are certain words that should never come out of an adult's mouth?

(176 Posts)
GretaGip Thu 15-Nov-12 22:19:58


'Snot fair


I'm sure there's more...

WorraLiberty Thu 15-Nov-12 22:22:23

'Mummy' and 'Daddy' when they're talking about their own parents.

freddiefrog Thu 15-Nov-12 22:34:13


germyrabbit Thu 15-Nov-12 22:35:47


picnicbasketcase Thu 15-Nov-12 22:36:43

I never asked to be born <door slam>

GretaGip Thu 15-Nov-12 22:38:45

Boobies, not boobies, obvis.

And, yup, Mummy grates no me as well.

Horsey, doggy etc.

FermezLaBouche Thu 15-Nov-12 22:38:47

Yummy, scrummy, biccies, golly...

Peevish Thu 15-Nov-12 22:40:26

You're ly onallowed to say 'poo' if you're talking to a child.

I knew an adult woman who used to ask her husband if he wanted to do a weewee before they went somewhere in the car.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 15-Nov-12 22:45:15


Just no. It's horrible when you're a grown up. Horrid is for children.

And yucky. No.

JohnBender88 Thu 15-Nov-12 22:46:38

Any variation of the word "little" ie - ickle, 'lil etc etc.

DyeInTheEar Thu 15-Nov-12 22:48:48

Bubba - When's bubba due? I got it as a text and I can't even bring myself to reply.

PinkMacaroon Thu 15-Nov-12 22:52:31

drinky poos

GretaGip Thu 15-Nov-12 22:53:30


Mintyy Thu 15-Nov-12 22:54:13





greeneyed Thu 15-Nov-12 22:54:58

Nom nom

FarelyKnuts Thu 15-Nov-12 22:55:35

Anyone defining themselves by Mummy ie: Yummy Mummy
Slummy Mummy
I am a Mummy etc

FermezLaBouche Thu 15-Nov-12 22:55:46


AmIthatScary Thu 15-Nov-12 22:56:01

ooooh, I could hear this thread calling me...........I love these grin



agree about mean and horrid too, they get used a lot on here and I feel like the posters are talking to children. hmm

Viperidae Thu 15-Nov-12 22:56:35

Any word using an F instead of a TH so saying "I fink" or anything like that

apostropheuse Thu 15-Nov-12 22:58:13

I always think horrid sounds like it's come straight from an Enid Blyton novel.

ohhh that ginger beer is horrid...

lipglossandlashes Thu 15-Nov-12 23:03:16

Scrummy. Holibobs.
Could of. Should of. Off of.
Could HAVE. Should HAVE. FROM!

Whatever is the teenage expression of the week ...

It really doesn't mean you are "down with the kidz" because you try to talk like them


Shaky Thu 15-Nov-12 23:05:06

I can't stand "bocky"

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 15-Nov-12 23:20:58

I just made up a word actually. Similarish.

I quite like it.

Peanutbutterfingers Thu 15-Nov-12 23:22:19

Panties <boak>

BreconBeBuggered Thu 15-Nov-12 23:39:43

Clitty. Not a fucking chance, pal.
And hubby. FFS.

PinkMacaroon Thu 15-Nov-12 23:41:54

brecon grin

80sMum Thu 15-Nov-12 23:46:31

Pacific (when they mean specific)
Nucular (when they mean nuclear)

Dead jel

AmIthatScary Fri 16-Nov-12 00:05:15

Henrietta, that reminds me of

jelus hatah - definitely not for the over 16

oh and

Hun - not at any age, ever

Mousefunk Fri 16-Nov-12 00:52:59

Well jel
Bad/sick for good
'Rock chick' makes me heave

I hate when people say 'Rock/ed up'. It just seems arrogant.

Softlysoftly Fri 16-Nov-12 01:27:37


More better (or any other idiotic use of doubling up)

Goldenjubilee10 Fri 16-Nov-12 06:40:36

I'm good.

archfiend Fri 16-Nov-12 06:44:39



Goldenjubilee10 Fri 16-Nov-12 06:44:46

I should say in response to "how are you today"

The response should be

"Very we'll, thank you."

"Fine thanks"

"Feeling like shit"

But not "good". That's for teenagers.

archfiend Fri 16-Nov-12 06:45:33

Oops, preggers. Extra 'g' for emphasis!

saythatagain Fri 16-Nov-12 06:46:08

'Can I get......' - with that upturned tone at the end.

merlottits Fri 16-Nov-12 06:47:33

An adult woman asked me what I was getting 'bubs' for Christmas yesterday. She must have been wondering if I was having a stroke as the way my eyes rolled in the back of my head and my temple was pumping it must have looked alarming smile

I have a friend who refers to her own bowel movements as 'whoopsies'.

Bubs or bubba (worse) deserves an eye poke.

MaMaPo Fri 16-Nov-12 06:54:50

Never knew of the antipathy against horrid! Might be cultural.

Completely agree about hun, hubby, etc.

What on earth do you people use if not 'poo'?! It's a bloody great word.

janey68 Fri 16-Nov-12 07:10:05


Boob/ booby are particular pet hates of mine, and I'm afraid they crop up on MN regularly: "she wakes in the night and just wants booby" etc .... Boak!

janey68 Fri 16-Nov-12 07:11:00

Oh and bubs/ bubba ... Shudder. You're having a BABY

LittlePebble Fri 16-Nov-12 07:13:29

Bub and bubba are the worst. Since having DS I can't look anyone in the eye if they refer to him as Bubs. Eurgh! angry

mummytime Fri 16-Nov-12 07:13:46

I have to plead for the sarcastic use of teenager slang to teenagers. Its just too much fun watching them cringe eg.
"Thats well Amazeballs innit!"

Bluegrass Fri 16-Nov-12 07:18:10


flow4 Fri 16-Nov-12 07:19:33

My kids have banned me from saying 'minging' so I say it to them as often as possible , as in "Ewwww, minging, I can see your underpants!" grin

fluffyraggies Fri 16-Nov-12 07:29:55

I was like

He was like

She was like

They were like

It was like


And man on the end.

Yeah man

FFS hmm

Iceaddict Fri 16-Nov-12 07:33:05

"Amazeballs" what is that?!

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Iceaddict Fri 16-Nov-12 07:35:54

I say horrid! I shall stop at once grin

Iceaddict Fri 16-Nov-12 07:38:37

My friend and I say totes amaze only as a piss take I couldn't imagine actually meaning it.

meddie Fri 16-Nov-12 07:39:53

Amazeballs, totes, well jel.. any of the essex word contractions.

Really grates when people add a K to hospital and little... likkle and hospikal.

DameEnidsOrange Fri 16-Nov-12 07:40:02

A combination of wha Chaz and mummytime said.

Only a parent can use the in words ironically to wind up their teens.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DameEnidsOrange Fri 16-Nov-12 07:41:23

Actually can I add words where D is used instead of TH.

As in "dem kids wot said dat"

MissRabbitsCV Fri 16-Nov-12 07:42:38

This has made me laugh. A group of women in our circle of friends say amazeballs, go on holibobs and one refers to her mum as Mumsie.

They also go on fairy weekends where they make fairy wings.

You're all 42 fgs!

DameEnidsOrange Fri 16-Nov-12 07:44:22

Santa you haven't met my "trying too hard to be cool" 29yo cousin.

Can't delete from fb without causing wwiii but even though I hide his shite from my feed, I still see the other stuff he posts to other family members.

flow4 Fri 16-Nov-12 07:44:58

The words are sickening... But making fairy wings is under-rated. You should just try going to Morrisons wearing fairy wings! grin grin

Absy Fri 16-Nov-12 07:50:09

I would like to defend AMAZEBALLS. it does have it's uses, in limited circumstances e.g.
"David Hasselhoff will be performing in his underpants"

SuffolkNWhat Fri 16-Nov-12 07:54:16

I totes use amazeballs at work (teacher) it works wonders to stop my pupils using any TOWIE speak in my ear shot.

ok can I add a string of words?

Anyone who ends anything (other than a web address/email address) with .com.


Well I'm pissing!!!!

oh and I think if we're cringing at the work bub, we should probably do the same for bab/baby (bab-ee)

frantic51 Fri 16-Nov-12 08:07:42

I used to call my dear, departed mother, "Mummy" and, "Mumsie" and I'm a lot older than 42! I think you're all being just horrid! wink

ExasperatedSigh Fri 16-Nov-12 08:11:40


benefit scroungers

I'm voting Conservative

Any of those idiotic contractions of names that Grazia seems to apply to public figures in order to infantilise them i.e. R-Pattz, K-Stew, K-Middy.

IceBergJam Fri 16-Nov-12 08:17:55

We ask DD if she wants 'booby juice'.

I can't actually pronounce 'th' or hear the difference.

WorraLiberty Fri 16-Nov-12 09:08:15

Anyone who says "Hash tag" before another word needs a poke in the eye.

Hash tag angry angry

Trills Fri 16-Nov-12 09:11:27

Scrooge was mean with his money.

The mean average can be more easily biased by outliers than the median.

Do you understand what I mean by that?

Some Victorian freakshows included a "snot fair" where interesting specimens of nasal discharge were displayed.

Bobbie in The Railyway Children is a girl yes, it's short for Roberta. Bobbies were quite common around that time.

mummytime Fri 16-Nov-12 09:12:20

IceBergJam, were you raised in the UK or with English speaking parents?

Just curious, as I know all baies are supposed to be born with the ability to hear all sounds used in all languages, but gradually lose the ability to "hear" the ones not in their mother tongue, or the languages used around them as a baby.

BTW I smile

WorraLiberty Fri 16-Nov-12 09:14:47

Trills, I have no idea why I read your post like a Kevin Bacon ad grin

Anniegetyourgun Fri 16-Nov-12 09:15:46

I use quite a few of those in a sort of ironic, post-modernist sense. And you can't stop me. So there. (Never "bubs" or "hubs" though, I have my standards.)

Kalisi Fri 16-Nov-12 09:17:40

Lully instead of lovely. Infact lovely is pretty shit as well hmm

stifnstav Fri 16-Nov-12 09:20:01

Worra I have never heard anyone actually say hashtag but if I did I would probably die. It would be like a scene from The Ring.

lottiegarbanzo Fri 16-Nov-12 09:25:27

Softlysoftly, i think you'll find that 'much more betterer' is perfectly acceptable smile

I do think people here are wrong about horrid. It's old-fashioned rather than childish. I used it the other day and had one of those moments of realisation that I sound more 'posh' than I think I do.

YeahBuddy Fri 16-Nov-12 09:28:04

Yy to the .com shite!

Also soz and simples make me slightly stabby angry

Marzipanface Fri 16-Nov-12 09:28:08

Oh dear. I say horrid and mean. I got the piss taken out of me the other day because I said 'ghastly'.

WorraLiberty Fri 16-Nov-12 09:30:41

Worra I have never heard anyone actually say hashtag but if I did I would probably die. It would be like a scene from The Ring

Someone said it on TV last night and my head spun round like a scene from the Exorcist grin

Yeah oh god!! simples!! used almost as a full stop.

"I went to the shop and bought some bread. simples"

what does that even mean?

IceBergJam Fri 16-Nov-12 09:38:36

Yep, born and bred in Suffolk. I fink my sister can't say 'th' too.

Mrsjay Fri 16-Nov-12 09:38:56

Whatever is the teenage expression of the week ...

It really doesn't mean you are "down with the kidz" because you try to talk like them


^ ^ this grown ups talking like da kidz over facebook please stop it grin

I use boobies sometimes especially if i am trying to be silly

I say horrid. I also say jolly and ghastly. As I have an RP accent, I just sound like I escaped from the 30's not like a small child. I hate bubs/bubba, bockie/bockle, num nums and anything that's not a web address ending in .com eg with a passion though.

Oh and panties, it makes me cringe.

pointybird Fri 16-Nov-12 10:00:19

My bad

IceBergJam Fri 16-Nov-12 10:01:40

I hate 'my bad'. And 'simples'

seeker Fri 16-Nov-12 10:02:50

"grow a pair"

Queenofsiburbia Fri 16-Nov-12 10:03:02


Aaargh it goes through me like nails down a blackboard

pointybird Fri 16-Nov-12 10:04:33

My boss constantly says 'we done' instead of 'we did'. Makes me want to punch him even more than normal

somebloke123 Fri 16-Nov-12 10:05:44

End of.

GrimAndHumourless Fri 16-Nov-12 10:07:01


I love amazeballs, and cool, and totes, and holibobs, and count how many sleeps til blah blah

can't abide bockle (bottle)

goldenlula Fri 16-Nov-12 10:07:54

'Bestie' as in 'out with my bestie tonight'.

NiniLegsInTheAir Fri 16-Nov-12 10:10:41

Haha I was also going to say Lush siburbia grin. Drives me insane, as do the sad women who use the word.

Poorly sick,
Cheeky drink/biscuit/cocktail
My bad,
Naughty as in 'I'll be naughty and have a latte'

GrimAndHumourless Fri 16-Nov-12 10:13:28

but but but don't diss the lush <cwtches lush to bossoms>

<hopes use of diss passes muster>

IceBergJam Fri 16-Nov-12 10:15:41

Tummy, when referring to an adult.

Yes to all of these!

Bockle, bot-bot, trumps (farts, not the game), fishies, biccies, biccypegs, toothiepegs (sp?), choccies, chocky-wockies (yes DF, I mean you), I could go on, but I am stressing myself out!

Not cute or funny.

My DM (61) still calls her DM (85) 'Mummy' and refers to her as 'Mummy.' I can't help wincing each time.

somebloke123 Fri 16-Nov-12 10:16:07

People who say "is" twice, as in "The problem is is that", or its near relative "The reason being is ..."

pointybird Fri 16-Nov-12 10:17:12


IceBergJam Fri 16-Nov-12 10:18:12

Of off

lottiegarbanzo Fri 16-Nov-12 10:34:14

Scentednappybag yes, especially cheeky and naughty in those contexts.

Also 'end of' and 'soon as'. I recall calling someone in another office and the receptionist telling me the person would call back soon as. As soon as what, I wondered. The what could make quite a difference.

lottiegarbanzo Fri 16-Nov-12 10:37:03

I detest 'grow a pair' and 'man up' especially when applied to women, (as happens on this site quite a lot). Because testicles would really help us to make the right decision and address the issue effectively, oh yes.

somebloke123 Fri 16-Nov-12 10:42:28

"Huddle" used as a noun.

I was in Sainsbury's yesterday and there was an announcement on the tannoy "Could all managers and assistants please go to checkout 23 for the evening huddle"

I walked past them a few minutes later and it was just some boss-type person giving orders.

JimmysMum1988 Fri 16-Nov-12 10:43:57

Toutes amaze

ToffeeCaramel Fri 16-Nov-12 11:04:59


'Can you action that?' No, but I can do it...

Also, and rather randomly, my mum says 'Ta' instead of thank you. Drives me irrationally wild.

Maybe I should just chillax.

<stabs self in eye for lowering self to such vocabulary!>

HullyEastergully Fri 16-Nov-12 11:51:17


kerala Fri 16-Nov-12 11:56:09

Hubby and cuppa. I could never be friends with anyone that used these terms more than once.

Hennycluckington Fri 16-Nov-12 11:59:43

Happy bunny

They actually make me feel violent ill

Sidge Fri 16-Nov-12 12:10:36

I detest 'sexy' in any reference to a child, eg sexy li'l man, sexy legs etc.

Just GROSS. Children are not sexy. Stop it. It's horrid.

Iceaddict Fri 16-Nov-12 12:19:23

Agree sidge. Vile angry

MonaLotte Fri 16-Nov-12 12:21:59

I fucking HATE hollibobs!

Svrider Fri 16-Nov-12 12:22:48

Then she turned round and said

Then he turned round and said
And then they both turned round and said

Weren't they both dizzy at this point??

Svrider Fri 16-Nov-12 12:23:43

Also agree with sidge
Children are NOT sexy
1day old babies are NOT sexy

DameEnidsOrange Fri 16-Nov-12 12:29:29

YY to the sexy.

A friend refers to her GSD as a sexy beast. Most horrid worrying

There is Nothing wrong with horrid. It sounds much better than horrible. Dropping the "h" bothers me though- "orrible"

Saying "I done this, I done that" instead of "I made this, I did that" etc.

ooooh how about forward?

but in terms of
"Lets move forward with this"
"Once we have all the information we'll be able to decide how best to move foward"

With all this forward moving I wonder why I bothered buying a sat nav!!

JessieMcJessie Fri 16-Nov-12 12:33:33

Another one against "yummy" here. It always makes me think of the hapless Clare Swires.

Mandy2003 Fri 16-Nov-12 12:37:50

Out of an adult's mouth when directed at a child -> stupid. Or indeed idiot.

Mrsjay Fri 16-Nov-12 12:50:33

I say horrid. I also say jolly and ghastly. As I have an RP accent, I just sound like I escaped from the 30's not like a small child

grin is your hair set in a wave and are you wearing a felt hat and some pearls and frightfully posh wink

daddyorchipsdaddyorchips Fri 16-Nov-12 12:59:44

YY hubs! I read a thread with this all over the OP's post and it bothered me so much I had to close the thread confused

snoozed Fri 16-Nov-12 13:09:59

I've heard people round here describe food as 'fit' as in attractive.... E.g. That's a fit sandwich.

Yy to nom nom, .com, simples, boak, holibobs, can I get,.... actually this thread has got me quite worked up.

Oh and mil calling dd 'boofuls'...aagh!

FestiveDigestive Fri 16-Nov-12 13:18:14

"somebloke" - I chuckled at the idea of staff being called for the evening huddle. It makes me picture all the staff having a big group hug and getting emotional. How dissapointing that it wasn't the case sad

loopylou6 Fri 16-Nov-12 13:29:40

grin me and dh say leggies (legs) eggies (eggs) our DC are 13 and 8 blush it just comes natural now.

Its especially funny in the supermarket when one of us says, ' I'll go get the eggies' and people look at us like this »» hmm

Plomino Fri 16-Nov-12 13:57:43

' Basically ' , when used as the first word of a long and involved tale of someone's uncle's cousin by marriage's next door neighbours cat being dissed on Facebook innit.

As soon as I hear that word , I tune out . No one's noticed yet .

Goofus Fri 16-Nov-12 14:02:19

ickle DH has said this a few times. You can only imagine how hard it is for me to not hit him! The evil glare I shoot him obviously is not enough of a message! hmm

panties just bloody..... <shudders>

WineGoggles Fri 16-Nov-12 15:41:14

Any form of text speak unless it's in a text (and even then it's often stupid)

Panties. Especially spoken by posh middle aged men in sexy mode [boak]

"Are you done?" instead of "have you finished?"

Starting sentences with "So....". There's no need for it.

CinnabarRed Fri 16-Nov-12 16:37:20

What's wrong with "oblong"?

It's a bloody rectangle!!

Jingleflobba Fri 16-Nov-12 17:18:20

snoozed tell your MIL that boofuls is a character in a horror novel by Graham Masterton. In fact he's the baddie and he's a ghost possesed by the devil iirc... grin
Ickle makes me all irrational.

Latonia Fri 16-Nov-12 17:23:11

I don't see anything wrong with horrid or ghastly, I use them.

The thing that gets me giggling on here (have heard it nowhere else) is when someone says 'front bottom' instead of vagina. WTF! lol.

slowgin Fri 16-Nov-12 17:34:04

'it's a bloody rectangle!!'

ha! funniest reaction seen for a while

Plomino Fri 16-Nov-12 18:54:36

I thought boofuls was one of the names of the original jelly babies ? Or have I got that from a particularly surreal dream ?

Plomino Fri 16-Nov-12 18:56:08

No, I'm right . It's the lime green one . How I love google !

snoozed Fri 16-Nov-12 19:02:11

Jingleflobba grin I'll share that with dear MIL.

snoozed Fri 16-Nov-12 19:03:39

I prefer ghost possessed by the devil. Either way 'boofuls' is certainly not appropriate language for a woman of 52.

we3kingsoforientRaahh Fri 16-Nov-12 19:07:27

definitely 'yummy'- used in a whiny way when describing the 'yummy food' that said adult has cooked, and no-one else has been appreciative of. Probably because they are adults, with different tastes, it doesn't mean they are fussy. this really winds me up,can you tellgrin

Lara2 Fri 16-Nov-12 19:12:08

Slowgin - a rectangle is any shape that has 4 parallel sides and 4 right angled corners. A square is a rectangle with equal sides, an oblong is a rectangle with 2 equal short opposite sides and 2 equal long opposite sides.

AmIthatScary Fri 16-Nov-12 19:12:49

you see, We3kings, I hate it used in a very serious way <loads of threads on here result in my blood pressure soaring so much I have to them>

Even worse is the even shorter Yum.

eg " I made some roasted ostrich with fairyberries and side salad of emerald and diamonds. Yum"

cue me clenching fists, sneering and swearing <needs to get out more>

Lara2 Fri 16-Nov-12 19:13:11

Oops, sorry TENDTO, not slowgin. blush

we3kingsoforientRaahh Fri 16-Nov-12 19:17:09

AmI- grin

slowgin Fri 16-Nov-12 19:36:15

smile It is fine Lara2, I did not know that info so I learnt a nice fact.

Urgh front bottom, totally agree, puke inducing.

IcouldstillbeJoseph Fri 16-Nov-12 19:49:10

Off of

Had to sit through a very boring description of a house MIL had viewed.."it had a nice lounge and then off of that was the dining room and then off of that was the kitchen...."

SamanthaStormer Fri 16-Nov-12 20:10:26

Well jell. Holibobs. Totes amaze.

Conflugenglugen Fri 16-Nov-12 20:12:20

"Mummy" and "Daddy" when referring to a partner/spouse. What a dynamic to start establishing. Yuk!

ExasperatedSigh Sat 17-Nov-12 09:45:36

Poorly sick, oh yes, had forgotten that little horror.

'holibobs' makes me momentarily despise whoever is using it.

Kalisi Sat 17-Nov-12 09:59:44

Bot-bot (heard used for both bottle and arse!)

And my ultimate "let's do lunch" angry

DilysPrice Sat 17-Nov-12 10:07:37

"naughty" in the context of pudding
"good" in the context of salad

OTOH, I love "well jell", "totes emosh" and "dead hilair". Mark Kermode uses them when reviewing teen movies and it cracks me up (he and Mayo have teen/tween daughters). DD is ten and hmms so hard when I use any of them that she nearly dislocates her eyebrow.

DilysPrice Sat 17-Nov-12 10:07:43

"naughty" in the context of pudding
"good" in the context of salad

OTOH, I love "well jell", "totes emosh" and "dead hilair". Mark Kermode uses them when reviewing teen movies and it cracks me up (he and Mayo have teen/tween daughters). DD is ten and hmms so hard when I use any of them that she nearly dislocates her eyebrow.

SoleSource Sat 17-Nov-12 10:15:51

Swrar words.

Agent64 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:41:06

I love this thread.

I didn't know bubs and bubba meant baby - I thought they were hideous cute words for husband blush

DDs and I started saying byzers when they were leaving for school in the morning - it began as a joke and has become a difficult habit to break blush blush

In my teens my mum developed a habit of saying nicky nacky noo at bedtime. It still makes me feel queasy.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sun 18-Nov-12 17:57:18

More better (and the like)

However: I grew up in South Africa and panties is what we wore! We also "rocked up" at the party and ALWAYS ended sentences with the word "man" - not in the "Hey, cool man, wow!" kind of way, but more of an expression of irritation, or chillaxed (grin) kind of way.

Pongwiffy Sun 18-Nov-12 21:32:46

"tubby hubby" it makes me feel ill, and now I feel angry at myself for writing it.

CrapBag Sun 18-Nov-12 21:47:30

Don't know if it is on here, only read first page but "wel jel"

Just no!!!

Any other twee words, bubba, bubs, most stuff on here really.

"wuv" as in "but i wuv him" i had a friend who said this and it made me want to scream.


snugglies when talking about sex - same friend. NO just NO.

PinkPeanuts Sun 18-Nov-12 23:56:54

"Lush" grates on me no end! As does "I'm not being funny" angry

MichelleRooJnr Mon 19-Nov-12 00:11:34

I mostly agree with these all.
I'm Irish, and Mammy and Daddy it is.
Yeah it's a wee bit cringey at times but my 7 siblings already thing I'm anglisized (sp?) enough without introducing Mum and Dad into things. Jazus forbid.

VintageRainBoots Mon 19-Nov-12 00:16:45

archfiend It's wrong to say Hubby? sad

I use "Hubby" all the time. It's far more efficient than "the annoying male watching telly who insists on putting his penis inside me as often as possible."

VintageRainBoots Mon 19-Nov-12 00:25:34

Re: "Yep, born and bred in Suffolk. I fink my sister can't say 'th' too."

I'm new to the UK, so I'm still trying to understand why some people take "th" and others don't. For example, I keep seeing that Health Lottery commercial where the first lady screams, "I won the elf lo'ery!"

I really thought she was saying elf, not health.

VintageRainBoots Mon 19-Nov-12 00:26:08

*say, not take

(I'd pay money for an edit feature on this board)

VintageRainBoots Mon 19-Nov-12 00:34:57

I'm curious: If you don't say "panties" then what do you use to describe those undergarments? In the US (where I'm from), "panties" is the word we use.

VintageRainBoots Mon 19-Nov-12 00:37:49

Re: "Oblong" -> "It's a bloody rectangle!!"

Oblong can refer to shapes other than rectangles, as I recall.

JessieMcJessie Mon 19-Nov-12 03:55:17

Rain boots - knickers, pants or (if you are M&S packaging) briefs. we also only ever use "underwear" to mean the whole ensemble of bra and pants/pants and vest.

VintageRainBoots Mon 19-Nov-12 04:42:20

Jessie: My response as a savage American:

"Knickers" is one of those words that never crossed the pond; knickers sounds like a word my grandmother would use, and brings to mind petticoats and lace-trimmed parasols; it feels so old-fashioned and archaic to me. Americans often use the word "pants" where the British use the word "trousers" (though Americans do know the word "trousers" but it's not commonplace). Finally, "briefs" is only used to described men's tighty whitey style of underwear; "briefs" would be contrasted against "boxers" and would never be used to describe a woman's undergarments.

What's so wrong with the word "panties"? What's its [objectionable] connotation?

lottiegarbanzo Mon 19-Nov-12 08:02:25

Vintage, that's funny about elf. I grew up here and for years thought inability to say th was a speech impediment, rather than the accent / affectation that it is.

Panties conjures images of little lacy garments, worn by young women in the 1960s. It is twee and faux sexy in a not very sexy way.

Pants is normal, or knickers but I bet some people don't like that. I'd say briefs are male, it is just the M&S packaging that says otherwise. Americans saying underwear for pants sounds to me as though they are so prudish as to lack a specific word for pants, so only able to refer to them in the wider context of undergarments.

You may not use knickers but do reference the, to us, far more archaic knickerbockers. To us, Knicks could only be an abbreviation for knickers!

lottiegarbanzo Mon 19-Nov-12 08:03:53

I thought oblongs had / could have curved corners.

mummytime Mon 19-Nov-12 12:07:56

The South African use of Man, doesn't that come from the same as th US usage. That is from Germanic languages, where it has a real meaning, not quite the same as the English word "man"?

cumfy Mon 19-Nov-12 12:28:15

As I just said
Going forward
On message

CinnabarRed Mon 19-Nov-12 13:10:12

So are we, in fact, of the view that oblongs are OK by us? Or not?

CinnabarRed Mon 19-Nov-12 13:10:44

I quite like 'oblong'. It rhymes with pong. And schlong. A very useful word.

Rollmops Mon 19-Nov-12 13:14:51

I use mean, horrid, ghastly etc every day. I also call my mother Mama and father Papa, thanks awfully.hmm
That said, anyone who uses the following words ceases to exist as an intelligent being and is therefore dealt with as a member of inferior species.
-like like like

[Goes to lie down as even typing this has made one rather nauseous]

To be continued...

cumfy Mon 19-Nov-12 13:16:11

Oooh I like rhomboid.

vladthedisorganised Mon 19-Nov-12 14:42:57

Only skimmed through the thread but I do use 'ghastly'. And 'diverting', and 'vulgar'. Not posh at all so it sounds quite amusing funny in my accent.

However, the following are truly offensive to my ears..
Hubs/ hubby/bubba
Yummy in my tummy! said by anyone over 5 years of age and especially in a restaurant
Bok-bok, bot-bot, nap-nap, wee-wee, poo-poo, vom-vom (OK I made the last one up)
Referring to breasts as 'boob', and particularly referring to breastfeeding a child as 'x wants boob' or 'boobie juice'. Or 'bubba wants boobie juice' <head explodes>

CrapBag Tue 20-Nov-12 22:09:19

Whats holibobs? confused

Any teenage language
Mummy and Daddy
Any word ever spoken on TOWIE, ever
And women who talk in a baby voice to their partners "can babes get me a ickle drinky-poo pretty please?" Fuck right off.

Dylanlovesbaez Wed 21-Nov-12 09:22:55

Simples but said shimples because they are trying to impersonate that fucking meerkat.
Fucking idiots.

Dylanlovesbaez Wed 21-Nov-12 09:25:40

Also hate babe and bubs/bubba makes me feel physically sick.

Dylanlovesbaez Wed 21-Nov-12 09:28:55

Tee hee
Bum bum

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