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flashingnose Fri 15-Apr-05 20:23:01

What does it mean and where did it come from?

starshaker Fri 15-Apr-05 20:24:20

it means disgusting but not sure where it comes from will have a look

Gobbledigook Fri 15-Apr-05 20:24:27

Means unattractive as in 'Jodie Marsh is minging'

NomDePlume Fri 15-Apr-05 20:24:50

it means horrible, vile, disgusting.

no idea where it came from

starshaker Fri 15-Apr-05 20:26:25

look here

Mowjo Fri 15-Apr-05 20:29:21

minging —? adj. Brit. informal 1 foul-smelling. 2 very bad or unpleasant.

- ORIGIN C20: perh. from Scots dial. ming 'excrement'.

From 'New words in the OED' link on the web.

I'm Scottish and have always used it but it seems quite new in mainstream English (?).

Aero Fri 15-Apr-05 20:32:07

Been used very commonly in NI (my 'home') for as long as I can remember. Was surprised when I moved here that no-one had heard it before!

marthamoo Fri 15-Apr-05 20:40:12

I can't remember when I first heard it but I reckon it came back into common parlance when Jade Goody was in Big Brother - she said it all the time.

expatinscotland Fri 15-Apr-05 20:43:49

Very common in Scotland.

paolosgirl Fri 15-Apr-05 20:49:11

Yep - used a lot up here. Say it quickly and leave off the end "g" for best effect

flashingnose Fri 15-Apr-05 21:31:56

Thank you

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