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British slang

Discussion in '11/22/63' started by Mart48a, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. Mart48a

    Mart48a Member

    I'm an English reader and have noticed lots of uses of British slang in this book. For example 'gob' for mouth, 'gobsmacked' for shocked, and 'fags' for cigarettes.

    This seems odd, as it seems such an American book. Can anyone offer an explanation as to why the author has done this?
     
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  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    He lived in London for a brief time and reads British authors so is familiar with the expressions.
     
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  3. Mart48a

    Mart48a Member

    Thanks - I didn't know that, very interesting! I'm still perplexed as to why he would use them in the book though, because A) I would think they are unfamiliar to most American readers and B) I didn't read anything about the character having any English roots or experiences.
     
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  4. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    They're not as unfamiliar to Americans as you might think. :smile2: They may not be used in everyday conversation as they would in England but not totally unheard of either.
     
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  5. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member


    Gobshite is one of my favorite words. ;-D I learned it watching Shameless.
     
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  6. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    My work sent me to London a couple of times where I was first introduced to Cockney rhyming slang from our UK sales rep. Had a great time trying to figure that out.
     
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  7. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....welcome mate!.....being a child of the 60's, I heard and read those terms and others as a young man....most have fallen into disuse-but were period appropriate for the novel....I'm guessing that those expressions trickled into our speech/writing here in the States because of WW2 and our close affiliation with England, and further-with the British Invasion of music......
     
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  8. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Hi and welcome.
     
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  9. Mart48a

    Mart48a Member

    Thanks me old chinas! Enjoyed reading all your replies
     
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  10. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Welcome Mart! Teach us some British slang. I'd like to hear more. The ones you referenced are pretty well known here in the states, but I'm sure there are plenty that aren't so common for us.
     
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  11. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I agree with Ms. Mod (Moderator ) but also he does have British ancestry as it turns out (according to a show I saw on TV) plus down East they do use a lot of British sounding words.

    Pretty cool, huh?

    Welcome to the SKMB Mart48a
    11-22-63 Welcome.JPG
     
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  12. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Or "shut your pie-hole" (no offense) - ummm - I think that is British?

    Andy has a tendency to call people "bampot" or "muppet" - neither word is flattering :laugh:
     
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  13. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    This.
    Remember we are all readers and are probably as familiar with British slang as you are with American slang!
     
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  14. Mart48a

    Mart48a Member

    Well, some of my favourites are tasty (aggressive - as in 'he got a bit tasty in the pub last night'), plonker (idiot), knackered (tired) and rozzer (police officer)
     
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  15. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    okay, tasty, plonker and rozzer were definitely new to me. I watched a guy on Netflix this week who does a BBC show on criminals -- I forget his name. Young guy and he goes and talks to former Ireland terrorist (skelly) and many cage fighters and football hooligans. He was coming up with all sorts of terms I had never heard before!
     
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  16. Mart48a

    Mart48a Member

    That was probably Danny Dyer - a right plonker
     
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  17. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    :lol:

    Yep, that's the guy.
     
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  18. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I am watching a show on Netflix called Grand Design. People in England are taking old barns, old cinemas, trash lots etc... and making these beautiful modern homes.

    The one I am watching now, the owner man said:

    "My old job was cleaning Becky's hair out of the poke hole."

    what this translates to in American words is:

    My old job was cleaning Becky's hair out of the shower drain.

    Oh my lord, you learn something new every day.
     
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  19. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I am not even going to try and explain the Newfoundland slang language. Welcome Mart.
     
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  20. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

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