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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #90 on: November 21, 2013, 07:25:22 AM »
Dot looked appalled for a moment and then told us that was a slang term for male anatomy.

I've lived in the UK for about 25 years - in a wide range of geographic locations, from Glasgow to Bristol - and do not commonly hear the word "chopper" to mean a part of the male anatomy. If you said it in context, people would know what you meant, but only in the sense that practically  any word can mean penis (assuming that was the part of the male anatomy Dot and partner meant) in the UK. If I said, "He was standing on the street corner with his wigwams hanging out", people would assume I meant testicles, but it's not a commonly used expression. I wouldn't be surprised if I had heard the word chopper to mean penis, but I can't actually recall an occasion... Most people I know would say "willy" (mums, and women particularly), whereas men might use anything from willy, to John Thomas, to more robust terms. I cannot think of anyone I know who would hear the word "chopper" in that context and automatically think penis. I suspect Dot and partner had some kind of pre-occupation with willies :)
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #91 on: November 21, 2013, 07:40:35 AM »
She had to be in her 50s thirty years ago, so maybe her reference point was different. Could have been a reference to flyboys during the war or something.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #92 on: November 21, 2013, 10:17:48 AM »
Ah, okay. Yes, it's true that I'm unlikely to start talking about penises with people in their 80s, so maybe that's why the word doesn't immediately come to mind as part of the vernacular. Come to think of it, if I imagine some guy in his 80s, "chopper" does sound totally natural as a word such a gentleman might use....
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #93 on: November 21, 2013, 10:25:50 AM »
I used to love a dish called "potato turbate" when I was a child. In the UK, it's called "cottage pie" if made with beef or "shepherd's pie" if made with lamb.  Much nicer name I think!
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #94 on: November 21, 2013, 10:36:07 AM »
Around here (US), choppers, especially with the older crowd, would be referring to dentures, false teeth.  ;)

The word, Ute, surprised me when it turned up in this thread.

Ute (strong E) = An American Indian Tribe.

Also

Ute (sounds like Uta) = my German Daughter in Law's name.

I don't think anyone has mentioned:

Ditch = could mean the slight depression on both sides of the road to allow for run off when it rains.

Could also mean getting away from someone or even some place. As in; Let's ditch this place or this person.

Then there is Bar Ditch which would be a deep depression along each side of the road.

I don't here Bar Ditch much any more, but that could be because I don't live in the Texas Panhandle any more where the land is mostly flat and the need for serious drainage is needed when heavy rain storms show up.  



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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #95 on: November 21, 2013, 10:59:47 AM »
Now I'm imagining an elderly US couple talking to an elderly UK couple:

Mavis (US octogenarian): I don't know what's got into George these days! Last night he took his choppers out right at the dinner table! In a restaurant!

Mildred (UK octogenarian): he did what?! Did anyone call the police!?!?

Maurice (Mildred's husband): He has two?!?  :o
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #96 on: November 21, 2013, 11:44:07 AM »
I had this conversation with my New York publisher.
"You can't call this car a saloon.  Here, a saloon is somewhere you go for a drink.  We call it a sedan."
"Here, a sedan is two guys in powdered wigs carrying a chair!  How about we make it a hatchback?"

Going back to the euphemisms for vomiting, a friend of mine always referred to it as "calling Huey on the great white telephone"!  Which I've always thought particularly descriptive.

And somewhat reminiscent of the pet-name of the Isles of Scilly ferry, which is The Great White Stomach-pump.  Some rough waters off Land's End, you understand.


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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #97 on: November 21, 2013, 12:30:03 PM »
Going back to the euphemisms for vomiting, a friend of mine always referred to it as "calling Huey on the great white telephone"!  Which I've always thought particularly descriptive.


We used to say "driving the porcelain bus" :P
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #98 on: November 21, 2013, 01:03:35 PM »
Love this thread.

I just thought about the word sod. That's dirt or seeded grass in my part of the US. It's an insult in other parts, right?
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #99 on: November 21, 2013, 01:07:46 PM »
I edited my earlier post so that I can point out this fascinating bit of trivia:

Maurice is pronounced MauREECE in the US (at least, where I grew up), but is pronounced MORRis in the UK.

In fact, lots of names are pronounced differently between the UK and US:

US:   BerNARD
UK: BERnerd (they pronounce it 'nerd' even though it's spelled 'nard')

US: SHERRul (usually spelled Cheryl)
UK: CHAIRill (spelled as above)

Now having said lots, I'm struggling to think of more ;)
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #100 on: November 21, 2013, 01:08:59 PM »
Love this thread.

I just thought about the word sod. That's dirt or seeded grass in my part of the US. It's an insult in other parts, right?

Short for "sodomite" in the UK, and for some reason used to denote an unpleasant person or situation.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #101 on: November 21, 2013, 02:21:59 PM »
Don't forget 'dobber,' Amie. As in "She dobbed you in." (stool-pigeon) (grass). Bri.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #102 on: November 21, 2013, 02:42:34 PM »
It is really difficult to tell what is odd speech when you are the one speaking it. Mine all seems quite normal to me, but you talk funny and there are words that make no sense.

Years ago, I thought Gyppo had had a stroke. He was writing complete gibberish. It made no sense at all. He was using verbs as nouns and then mixing up crap from this sport and that sport together. But then, Daryl answered and Gyppo answered back and I thought it was very odd. So I chimed in, you know how I am, and asked if they were speaking English.

Gyp responded that they were, they just weren't talking American. They were discussing cricket.

Ah, a pitch is a noun in that sport. And one does bat and bowl and it made a little more sense but it was still quite ridiculous to read when one knows very, very, very little about the sport.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #103 on: November 21, 2013, 03:38:27 PM »
I remember your bewilderment, Patti.

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We used the term chopper for penis when I was at school.  (Mid 50s to late 60s )  Which is why my Hells Angel friend always had a distinctly un-macho fit of schoolboy giggles a few years later when some dizzy little bint would ask "Can I have a ride on your chopper."

To Dad a chopper was a hatchet, for splitting kindling wood, as opposed to a full sized felling axe.  Which is why I nearly wet myself laughing when Dad grumbled about his chopper going rusty when he accidentally left it outside overnight.

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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #104 on: November 21, 2013, 03:46:52 PM »
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What about New Zealanders? Must be different again from Australia?

Gawd, no one understands them Amie, that's a whole different world over there  ::) ::)

Soots will come on and boot my butt that's a given.  :P :P

There are so many pet names for the old wanger isn't here. I think that's a global thing too.

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