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post #331 of 351
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post

The word Bug to describe someone irritating...

He is a bug,...

It is so idiotic ...
Now bug used as a verb I understand ... having lived in the deep south ... where bugs are very irritating.
post #332 of 351
I'm in the 'awesome' and 'like' camp.
post #333 of 351
Man up. baldy[1].gif
post #334 of 351
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Originally Posted by Sir Humphrey Appleby View Post

Man up. baldy[1].gif

Bro...

I'm not your fucking bro..
post #335 of 351
I'm sure these have been mentioned, but:

'irony' does not mean 'silliness'
'pretentious' does not mean 'serious' or 'arty' or 'intellectual'
'begs the question' does not mean 'raises the question'
'random' does not mean 'strange' or 'nonsensical'
post #336 of 351
When Yanks say Basil and Oregano. Oh, and Yoghurt.
post #337 of 351
In America we call them "white trash"
post #338 of 351
In England we call them wannabe gippo scum.
post #339 of 351
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Originally Posted by Sir Humphrey Appleby View Post

In England we call them wannabe gippo scum.

Actually that's a lie, but its a good description of them.
post #340 of 351
Fanbase. ffffuuuu.gif

It is like nails on a chalkboard. Just say "fans".
post #341 of 351
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Originally Posted by deltafoxtrot View Post

2. It's "got", not "gotten".

Gotten is very much a word.
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"Gotten is probably the most distinctive of all the AmE/BrE grammatical differences, but British people who try to use it often get it wrong. It is not simply an alternative for have got. Gotten is used in such contexts as
- They've gotten a new boat. (= obtain)
- They've gotten interested. (= become)
- He's gotten off the chair. (= moved)

But it is not used in the sense of possession (= have). AmE does not allow
- I've gotten the answer (unless it means 'I have figured out the answer,' rather than 'I have the answer')
- I've gotten plenty
but uses I've got as in informal BrE. The availability of 'gotten' does however mean that AmE can make such distinctions as the following:
- They've got to leave (they must leave) vs
- They've gotten to leave (they've managed to leave)."
post #342 of 351
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Originally Posted by Sir Humphrey Appleby View Post

Actually that's a lie, but its a good description of them.

Did you enjoy my Big fat Gipsy wedding???
post #343 of 351
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Originally Posted by deltafoxtrot View Post



"Nay, mock not, mock not"
In my personal opinion, North American English is not THE proper English. Here in Britain, past participle of 'get' is 'got', not 'gotten'. This is not to say that it was always the way. In fact, 'gotten' is an archaism. You may argue that an archaism still holds some weight in our everyday speech, which is a valid point. Why not switch back to Shakesperean English altogether, which brings me to the following: "Nay, mock not, mock not. The body of [thy] discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, and the guards are but slightly basted on neither: ere [thee] flout old ends any further, examine [thy] conscience". Pardon me for altering the famous text a bit.


GoldenTribe has gotten served! I hope he is willing to concede the point now that such overwhelming evidence has been broughten forth.
post #344 of 351
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post

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Did you enjoy my Big fat Gipsy wedding???
Didn't watch it, I doubt I would have liked it though, in fact I think it would have made me go on a rant about how we should scrap the BBC.
post #345 of 351
Beyond the merely annoying and into the educational, this article has some helpful disambiguations. 50, to be precise.
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